Damn it, granite: radioactive countertops?

The New York Times ran an article today entitled, “What’s Lurking in Your Countertop?”, which says that certain types of granite have been found to emit low levels of radiation.

Not all granite, of course, and not all of the levels are high, but as David J. Brenner says in the article (he’s the director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia), “If you can choose another counter that doesn’t elevate your risk, however slightly, why wouldn’t you?”

Expect a flurry of news reports in the coming months about lawsuits (whom do you sue? The seller? The importer? The earth?) and dramatic emergency renovations. If this info has been legitimized by the Times, panic is undoubtedly forthcoming.

By the way, a client brought this article to my attention. They’re remodeling their kitchen and bathrooms. She’s pregnant. Frightening. The husband says he’s going to buy a Geiger counter to take on their stoneyard excursions, and while he’s a jokey kind of guy, I’m pretty sure he was serious.

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