Test Reveal High Uranium Levels in Some Kansas Water Supplies

LAKIN, Kan. (AP) _ Officials say public water supplies in nine communities in Kansas have consistently registered uranium levels
above federal standards.

One city has shown a level almost three times higher than recommended.

But Joe Blubaugh, spokesman for the Kansas Department of Health
and Environment, said the current high levels of uranium did not pose an immediate threat to the public.

Long-term exposure to high levels of uranium in drinking water is said to lead to kidney damage and cancer. Blubaugh says that exposure is based on lifetime exposure.

The nine Kansas communities that showed uranium levels above the
EPA standard of 30 parts per billion over three years of sampling
were: Atwood, Clay Center, Gaylord, Morganville, Norton, Oberlin,
Lakin, Rooks County Rural Water District 1, and a water supply in a
Garden City subdivision identified as Towns Riverview.

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