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What information do you have about radon and radiation in granite countertops?

Any type of rock including granite could contain naturally occurring radioactive elements. If present, these radioactive elements will decay into radon, a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas which may be released from the granite over time. In addition to radon, the other natural radioactive material in the granite can emit radiation. However, it is extremely unlikely that granite countertops in homes could increase the radiation dose above that the normal, natural background dose that comes from soil and rocks. You can learn more about this topic at the following EPA Radiation Protection page: http://www.epa.gov/radiation/tenorm/granite-countertops.html

Information about radon including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), related publications, how to locate a qualified radon service professional in your area can be found by visiting the EPA Radon (Rn) homepage: http://www.epa.gov/radon/

Some states "regulate" or "qualify" providers of radon measurement and mitigation services by requiring registration, certification, or licensing. Contact information for your regional EPA, State and local offices can be found by exploring the following URL http://www.epa.gov/radon/whereyoulive.html

EPA supports the following toll-free hotlines to best serve consumers with radon-related questions and concerns. Radon Hotlines Web page: http://www.epa.gov/radon/hotlines.html

  • 1-800-SOSRADON (1-800-767-7236)* Purchase radon test kits by phone.
  • 1-800-55RADON (557-2366)* Get live help for your radon questions.
  • 1-800-644-6999* Radon Fit-It Hotline. For general information on fixing or reducing the radon level in your home.
  • 1-800-426-4791 Safe Drinking Water Hotline. For general information on drinking water, radon in water, testing and treatment, and standards for radon drinking water. Operated under a contract with EPA.

* Operated by Kansas State University in partnership with EPA
Kansas State University (KSU)
Web site: 
www.sosradon.org  Exit EPA Disclaimer
Phone: (785) 532-6026
Fax: (785) 532-6952
E-mail: Radon@ksu.edu


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  • Topic #: 23002-20951
  • Date Created: 6/6/2008
  • Last Modified Since: 12/18/2014
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