Granite countertops may be radioactive

Granite countertops may be radioactive

There are 57 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Aug 1, 2008, titled Granite countertops may be radioactive. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Shortly before Dr. Lynn Sugarman bought her summer home in Lake George, N.Y., two years ago, a routine inspection revealed it had elevated levels of radon, a radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer.

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Clarksville, TN

#1 Aug 7, 2008
This ought to get the construction industry going again in S. FL...There will be plenty of people tearing out their granite and replacing it with a competitors product
the navigator

Redmond, WA

#2 Aug 7, 2008
Leave it to the Lawyers.Can you say: Class Action.They'll even have dead people sueing: Granite Grave Markers.As the Grave Marker says in Key West:SEE I TOLD YOU I WAS SICK.
Rose Bush

West Palm Beach, FL

#3 Aug 8, 2008
If you're getting rid of your exotic granite counter tops please let me know and I'll have them removed for you... FREE!
Also, don't forget your fancy bathroom surfaces and sinks.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#4 Aug 8, 2008
Rose Bush wrote:
If you're getting rid of your exotic granite counter tops please let me know and I'll have them removed for you... FREE!
Also, don't forget your fancy bathroom surfaces and sinks.
Rose are you going to re-sell them, good recycling job. The Brazilians will buy them anyway, their origin.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#5 Aug 8, 2008
oops missed the ? at re-sell them?
Just Me

Willowbrook, IL

#6 Aug 8, 2008
Yet another reason to turn off the HGTV.

United States

#7 Aug 8, 2008
So its not PASSIVE SMOKE right ? Thats what i thought....

Dothan, AL

#8 Aug 8, 2008
I was wondering why I could not leap tall buildings in a single bound, or be faster than a speeding bullet. It was the granite.
I will just cover them with lead paint and asbestos.

Delray Beach, FL

#9 Aug 8, 2008
oh brother !! before you know it everything in your house will have some toxin in it and some company will come up with toxin free replacements. cant eait for the scam or is that sham. annyway, i have fake granite looking counters so im going to avoid the kitchen anyway. im sure theres something wrong with the imposters too. its takeout tonight. oh wait, is it ok to eat takeout?

Xenia, OH

#11 Aug 8, 2008
Don't worry about the radon emitting from granite countertops...the Chinese have poisoned us with toxic products for so many years that we're already doomed.


#12 Aug 8, 2008
You guys are so funny. Glad I didn't jump on the bandwagon and buy granite.
good question

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#13 Aug 8, 2008
Way to re-run a two week old article, Sun Sentinel.

Pompano Beach, FL

#14 Aug 8, 2008
Yes, this article was published weeks ago. How about a fresh spin and adding another side story that would be published about telling us idiot consumers the specific varieties that are known to test high. Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Nicolas Naranja

Gainesville, FL

#15 Aug 8, 2008
Something tells me the first person to sue will be somone that lives in a doublewide with granit counters that smokes 2 packs a day. Or possibly an illegal immigrant.

Miami, FL

#16 Aug 8, 2008
My husband works for a kitchen design shop. He says there is a huge war between granite and Silestone type counter part distributors and each of them makes claims against the other to try to get you to buy their product. He says granite is not radioactive.

Goldsboro, NC

#17 Aug 8, 2008
I have heard somepeople say they cannot live without granite countertops. what a joke. you can live without it. now they are going to die for them .
Bernice Fish

Pompano Beach, FL

#18 Aug 8, 2008
LOL! Boo!
Ret Cabinet Design

Hollywood, FL

#19 Aug 8, 2008
This story is very true. We have conducted extensive research on the issue. Granite is highly radioactive and we should start seeing massive sickness and death within the next 5-10 years. It is alarming.

It has become so serious that we are coming out of retirement and starting a granite removal business.

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#20 Aug 8, 2008
Some of the online Army-Navy type stores sell used Geiger counters from the cold war era fairly cheap. Might be a good investment if you're planning to invest thousands of dollars in granite counter/sink tops.

Pompano Beach, FL

#21 Aug 8, 2008
I bought a house with a decent looking tile countertop and was about to switch to granite. Now that I read this story, I think I'll save my money. I mean, granite looks nice and all, but what does it really do for you?? Nothing! I'm thinking I'll spend the money on a nice plasma TV or maybe even a PS3.

As for the lawyers, I'm no lawyer advocate, but I think this article takes an unfair shot at them. We haven't seen anything crazy from the lawyers, and I'm willing to bet the author did a search specifically for lawyers advertising this, which I'm sure are not many. Either way, if someone gets cancer from their countertop, then I hope they DO get a good lawyer because you know the granite industry is going to have their lawyers ready to bury them - literally.

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