Time For Homeowner Action After Granite Countertop, Cancer Link

July 29, 2008

Last week, the New York Times put out a report which stated that granite countertops containing uranium can give off radon, which increases a person's risk for developing cancer.  So just what is it that homeowners should do?  Is it time to take action, or is there nothing to worry about?....Washington (ChattahBox) – Last week, the New York Times put out a report which stated that granite countertops containing uranium can give off radon, which increases a person’s risk for developing cancer. So just what is it that homeowners should do? Is it time to take action, or is there nothing to worry about?

The New York Times report raised the eyebrows of many homeowners, talking about how popular granite countertops may actually pose a serious health risk.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that they have talked with inspectors about granite countertops that release high levels of radiation and radon.

The New York Times article writes though that “most granite countertops emit radiation and radon at extremely low levels.”

Both medical and radiation experts stated that the amount of radon given off by most of these granite countertops are not high enough to pose any risk to people.

Granite countertops are a popular thing in homes as of late, and the recommendation from the New York Times article and others is to seek out a certified technichian to test your granite countertops.


Comments

3 Responses to “Time For Homeowner Action After Granite Countertop, Cancer Link”

  1. Al Gerhart on January 1st, 2009 8:09 pm

    Good article.

    If this was a non issue, neither the CRCPD (state radiation officials) nor AARST (radon scientists) would have committees seting maximum allowable radiation/radon levels for stones and measurement protocols. ANSI and ASME are also looking into the controversy for their organizations.

    On the radon issue, we have a full scale radon test going currently, over 20 pCi/L so far from only 36square feet of granite in a 96 square foot room. That is like smoking 2 1/2 packs a day,

    http://forum.solidsurfacealliance.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=98ST

  2. prefab granite on October 29th, 2009 4:15 pm

    I dont beleive this, but this is cautious not to bring yourself too much near the granite countertops

  3. cutie on December 9th, 2009 4:28 am

    there is beautiful countertop

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