Radon in Countertops?

by James
(Austin)

Hi


I recently heard that granite countertops can give off radon. Is this true? If so is it dangerous?

Thanks

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Radon
by: Anonymous

Wow. Thanks for the info Tammy. Sorry I have been away from the site for a while and just saw the reply.

I have downloaded the reports and will read them over.

Thanks again.
James

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Radon in Countertops
by: Tammy

Hello James

I have read the reports from both the Marble Institute of America and another done by the geology department at the University of Akron.

It appears that although according to the university's findings that small amounts can be found in stone counter tops, most are lower than that of standard levels found in most homes.

There were a couple of particular stones that had a little higher emissions, but the risk is minimal as the air exchange in normal use of a house would eliminate any danger.

The Marble Institute of America's report gives an easy read of their findings. You can click on the link below to read their entire report.

Click Here

Hope this answers all your questions.

Tammy

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Radon
by: Tammy

Hello James

I also had heard some rumblings awhile back about radon emmiting from countertops so I asked a collegue this past week who installs hard surface countertops what he knew.

He told me that it is a non-issue. There have been in depth studies by several organizations including the Marble Institute of America.

He is going to forward two reports to me and I will follow up with another post to give you the findings.

Thanks for posting.

Tammy

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