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Main Title Radioactivity in drinking water.
Author Cothern, C. Richard
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Drinking Water.
Publisher Health Effects Branch, Criteria and Standards Division, Office of Drinking Water, US Environmental Protection Agency,
Year Published 1981
Report Number EPA 570-9-81-002
Stock Number PB81-192833
OCLC Number 16826365
Subjects Radioactive pollution of water--United States
Additional Subjects Radioactive contaminants ; Potable water ; Health physics ; Radiation effects ; Radioactivity ; Radiation hazards ; Regulations ; Public health ; Drinking water ; Health hazards ; Environmental health
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EHAM  EPA 570/9-81-002 Region 1 Library/Boston,MA 05/25/2016
EJAD  EPA 570/9-81-002 Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 04/03/1992
ELBD ARCHIVE EPA 570-9-81-002 Received from HQ AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 10/04/2023
ELBD ARCHIVE EPA 570-9-81-002 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 05/30/2023
ERAD  EPA 570/9-81-002 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 09/04/2012
ESAD  EPA 570-9-81-002 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 03/23/2010
NTIS  PB81-192833 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 70 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
This general overview is designed to assist those involved with public health and drinking water to better understand, interpret and implement EPA's regulation for radioactivity in drinking water. In this presentation the general nuclear properties are shown using naturally occurring isotopes such as radium, radon and uranium as examples. The units of radio-activity (curie, rad and rem) are explained and demonstrated in describing natural radiation; in our surroundings and bodies as well as man-made radiation from medical x-rays, TV, fallout, industrial uses and nuclear power plants and other sources. The health effects discussed include birth defects, genetic damage, cancers, leukemias and others. Several specific examples are given in each disease area as well as their relative importance or rate of occurrence. The risk (in deaths/million people exposed/yr) is tabulated for radioactivity and compared to several other cases including disease, accidents and weather. Possible methods for reducing the radioactivity in drinking water are described. Flow charts are provided that show how to interpret the radiation regulations for drinking water.
"EPA 570-9-81-002." "January 1981." "Cover title." Includes bibliographical references (pages 61-63).