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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Hal Goldberg

Boca Raton, FL

#22 Aug 8, 2008
Alot of my friends in Boca have big large expensive houses because they took advantage of innocent people. These houses have Granite everything. How can this happen to people who take advantage of innocent people!!!!

“A half-truth is a whole lie”

Since: Jun 08

United States

#23 Aug 8, 2008
We're all going to die of something eventually.
boca buzz kill

Boca Raton, FL

#24 Aug 8, 2008
I buttered a piece of toast this morning on my granite countertop and my hair fell out.
We Are Americans

Pompano Beach, FL

#25 Aug 8, 2008
Don't let up! We can reduce gas prices by driving less. Let's teach them a lesson. Keep up the good work and once again we, as Americans, will show that we are the powerful consumers of the world and our large market means we should have lower prices.

Boca Raton, FL

#26 Aug 8, 2008
Geiger counter vs a Granite saleman who puts sales ahead of everything else.


United States

#27 Aug 8, 2008
I'm sure all the real estate agents are now scrmbling to edit their MLS listing to take the granite countertops out of the home descriptions. Instead of "luxurious home with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances" it will read "protect you family in this nice three bedroom two bath with Formica."

United States

#28 Aug 8, 2008
Too funny. I'll ask that a picture of my kitchen and bathrooms be placed in my coffin when I die.
Hell no, I will not be replacing the granite, I am sure there is some research underway to tell us how formica can change the color of our food or silestone emits clear smoke.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#29 Aug 8, 2008
The BIGGEST Real Estate Lie is Get GRANITE and then your overpriced S.Fla home will finally SELL!!!
Not a house buyer

Addison, TX

#30 Aug 8, 2008
Just what the RE sellers need right now. The buyers will be asking for an allowance to tear out the dangerous granite tops. Another nail in the house seller market. Time to return to formica and shag carpet.

Boca Raton, FL

#32 Aug 8, 2008
I've NEVER been one to follow the crowd--am redoing my kitchen but DON'T want granite or stainless steel appliances--and definitely NO dishwasher. Never had a poodle skirt in the 50's or SUV either--too common and not practical.

United States

#33 Aug 8, 2008
Not a house buyer wrote:
Just what the RE sellers need right now. The buyers will be asking for an allowance to tear out the dangerous granite tops. Another nail in the house seller market. Time to return to formica and shag carpet.
The 70's decor would go nice with the current state of the economy being similar to the 1970's. Time to break out the disco records.

United States

#34 Aug 8, 2008
Did they do a study on granite headstones as well? If I die I don't want a radioactive headstone since it could be hazardous to my health.

Hollywood, FL

#35 Aug 8, 2008
boca buzz kill wrote:
I buttered a piece of toast this morning on my granite countertop and my hair fell out.
Maybe it has to do with my tolerance to drugs, but nothing works like it used to. Currently, when I roll, trip, snort, swallow or smoke, I do not achieve the same high, like in the past.

That all changed after we had granite installed. You see, I keep my recently purchased drugs on the counter (No need to hide anything in my house--overnight storage of any unused drug is strictly prohibited. In fact, it's not even possible. My mom used to tell me to clean my plate before I left the table. As a result, I am a clean plater.)

I left ecstasy pills on the counter, I ate them, and BAM, it was like the old days--hours and hours of feeling like a rock star--i was like a dog--i felt so good i was trying to lick my own nuts.

Same was true for the other substances.

Stop by anytime.

“Yes we did! ”

Since: Mar 08

Miami, FL

#36 Aug 8, 2008
Oh boy, sounds like Godzilla can't be very far away. If you find any trilobites in the granite, perhaps you ought to stay away from the shoreline for a while....

United States

#39 Aug 8, 2008
I was wondering what that eeire glow coming from the kitchen was after the lights were turned OFF. I would leave something out on the counter to defrost for a couple of hours and it would be cooked by the time I returned.

Miami, FL

#40 Aug 8, 2008
We should not buy the Brazilian granite, but should buy product made in USA.
Also rain forest destroyed to get the granite, not good.

Schaumburg, IL

#42 Aug 8, 2008
The whole concept that a granite counter top is a must have in S. Fl. is too funny. Time for everyone to get back to basics or stop crying about how they can not afford to live here. If your formica is still holding up, then keep it. Or at least wait till the fire sale on granite occurs!

Boca Raton, FL

#43 Aug 8, 2008
This reminds me of those idiots in Mission Bay who represented that the magnetic field around the high tension wires some 200 feet away from an Elementry School was hazardous to the children in the School.
They were refering to the Oersted Theory whereby around any flow of current, there exists a magnetic field. They felt that this magnetic field (eddy currents) was cancer causing and in close proximity to the children attending the Elementry School.
If this was true then we should not have electricity or appliances in our homes. All of us are surrounded by magnetic fields every day and as of late, I haven't seen any dead bodies lying about.
This granite thing is a crock of crap, these people need to take up a hobby.
Here to stay

Boca Raton, FL

#47 Aug 8, 2008
More sales for Quartz (Zodiac,Cambria etc). Actually without even seeing this report, I'd choose the Quartz just because it is more hygienic and does not require re-sealing like granite!.
Silvia Osante

Dallas, TX

#48 Aug 8, 2008
We understand why people are alarmed by this story, but the Marble Institute of America wants to assure people that the granite most commonly used in U.S. countertops is safe. In fact, the highest radon emissions ever reported in scientific studies are still lower than the EPA’s guidelines. The MIA recognizes that radon and radiation may vary by sample, but studies have yet to find any stone that poses any significant health risk. Unfortunately, much of the confusion is being created by inconsistent methodologies used in measuring radon emissions from granite countertops. The MIA is working to help develop testing standards to eliminate the inconsistencies.

Silvia Osante
Cohn & Wolfe for the Marble Institute of America

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