In a LawyersUSA article published on August 25, 2008, reporter Justin Rebello documented that granite countertops are coming under fire after many have complained to the Environmental Protection Agency that granite emits radon, a radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer.
Some plaintiffs’ attorneys have begun advertising for potential clients as radon exposure is the second leading cause of cancer after smoking.
The EPA recommended that homeowners take action if radioactive gas levels exceed 4 picocuries per liter. Some countertops contain as much as 5-6 picocuries, more of a cancer risk than smoking half a pack of cigarettes a day, according to the EPA.
Health inspectors say pregnant women and small children are the most at risk.
Some have argued that granite manufacturers have a duty to warn of possible radioactive exposure and face lawsuits if they don’t do so.
Georgia residents considering a kitchen remodel might want to keep this under consideration not only for health risks but property resale value.