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Granite Countertops May Emit Radon

Posted by John on August 14th, 2008

Just last month, the New York Times reported that granite countertops may emit harmful levels of radon. As granite countertops have become more popular, the media has been receiving more reports of high radon readings.

Lou Witt, program analyst at the EPA’s Indoor Environments Division, says, “We’ve been hearing from people all over the country concerned about high readings” – referring to measurements of radiation that go far above normal background levels.

The EPA recommends taking action if radon levels in the home exceed 4 picocuries per liter of air (a measurement of radioactive emissions); this level of radiation presents the same cancer risk as smoking a half a pack of cigarettes per day. Some homes have readings upward of 100 picocuries!
Witt points out, “There is no known safe level of radon or radiation.”

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind cigarette smokers – and smokers are particularly vulnerable to the carcinogenic effects of radon gas.

If you have granite countertops, you should monitor your indoor air quality.

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