UP TO 170 million Americans are drinking water contaminated with radioactive waste, according to a shock new study.
Environmental Working Group (EWG) experts have discovered water containing radioactive elements, which increase a person’s risk of cancer, as well as abnormalities in foetal growth and a detrimental effect on brain development, in all 50 states.
By analysing almost 50,000 water systems around the country, the EWG found 170 million Americans – nearly 53 percent of the nation – are drinking toxic water.
In 27 of the States, the research group found that radioactive levels exceed those set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The most common radioactive element was radium, which enters groundwater from the Earth’s crust.
However, this problem is exacerbated when oil gas drilling disturbs the crust.
The research found up to 122 million people in the US are drinking water containing dangerous levels of radium.
Texas was the worst off for radium contamination, with up to 80 percent of the State drinking unsafe water.