Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Granite Countertops and Radon

We are redoing our kitchen over the summer and chose a granite countertop. I was opting for a natural surface instead of an engineered because I thought that it was less likely to be recalled at some point. I never expected countertops to ACTUALLY be a problem, though. But our designer, Katy, who is overseeing the countertops called me today to say "I guess we need a different countertop..." The New York Times had an article on granite countertops emitting radiation at unsafe levels. It is funny how I chose granite because it was natural thinking it would be safer and it wasn't. We changed to a marble countertop because as Dr. Brenner said in The New York Times article. "It makes sense. If you can choose another counter that doesn't elevate your risk, however slightly, why wouldn't you?"

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