Granite Countertops and Radon

The potential link between granite countertops and increasing indoor radon levels is the subject of an August 15 online article at Lawyers USA by staff writer Justin Rebello. The article notes that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has received several complaints that claim the countertops (popular in high-end kitchens) can decay and emit radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims about 20,000 lives annually. While to-date there has been no confirmed litigation, the article says that plaintiffs’ attorneys have already begun advertising for potential clients. For its part, the EPA at this time does not believe sufficient data exist to conclude that the types of granite commonly used in countertops are significantly increasing indoor radon levels. However, the U.S. Surgeon and the EPA recommend that all homes be tested for radon in indoor air.

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