Granite: a wealth choice or a health choice

August 19, 2008

There is growing controversy surrounding granite countertops and what their contibution to the increase in indoor radon levels, is or is not.   Recently the Marble Institute of America, the trade association representing the natural dimension stone industry including granite and other natural stone, has refuted the findings that in-home testing has uncovered potentially harmful levels of radon being emitted by granite countertop surfaces.  Unfortunately, as is often the case, opposing sides are committed financial to the outcome weighing in their favour. 

Concern is growing and may well be warranted when we consider Radon is the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking. 

This is not a new phenomena:   In 1984 “the danger of radon exposure in dwellings was discovered when an employee at the Limerick nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania, set off the radiation alarms authorities found source of the contamination was high levels of radon –in his house’s basement, and it was not related to the nuclear plant.  Following this highly publicized event, national radon safety standards were set, and radon detection and ventilation became a standard homeowner concern.”  In 1995  “ Solid Surface, The Journal of the Solid Surface Industry (Volume 1 Number 1)”, included an article entitled “Granite & Radon“.   In May of 2008 the University of Akron Ohio Department of Geology and Environmental Science conducted a study which would appear on its face to be impartial despite being  linked to the Marble Institutes site, and is worth a read if you have concerns.   

The Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction, found on the website of the US Environmental Protection Agency, states that, in the United States, radon gas in soils is the principal source of elevated radon levels in homes.

Where there is fear there are fear mongers, so it is good to be cautious and do your research.  Examining all the facts presented will help you come to a conclusion that is not just a wealth choice, but more importably a health choice, for you and your family.


2 Responses to “Granite: a wealth choice or a health choice”

  1. Tom Humes Says:

    Nice Site layout for your blog. I am looking forward to reading more from you.

    Tom Humes

  2. George Orrico Says:

    I am sick and tired of constantly hearing about the disadvantages of granite/marble for counters. This is all a result to promote the man made stuff , which we here in toronto , ont, canada , call the” fake stuff” which has fallen under the inconsistance category several times with regards to the % of resin used, talk about enviromentally freindly. Lets get real!!! how harmful is the resin once it is cut at the fabricators end , we seemed not to be that concerned about this issue as much as the granite counter installed in the home. I feel that if we are going to compare from the beginning stage we should study the process of the engineered stone with the resin that is used and yet it passes as a GREEN product? How more GREEN than stone can you get.

    Just had enough
    Slabs Granite and Marble
    Importers and Distributors of REAL STONE

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