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Are Granite Countertops Health Risk?

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Most modern kitchens have them -- granite countertops.

Many people probably never thought twice about their safety, but some scientists say there are potential health risks with granite countertops.

"It's not something I would have thought of right away," said Paul Saxman of Lake Mary, whose home has granite countertops. "I realize it's a stone, but I wouldn't have thought that it would have been a problem."

But William Llope of Rice University said, "There's no question that there is the potential for risk."

Llope tests granite slabs to find out if they are radioactive. His testing shows most granite gives off harmless amounts of radiation, but he said "some of these granites I've measured resulted in doses that were hundreds or thousand times this natural background."

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The radon gas and radiation emission levels attributable to granite are not typically high, there too many variables to generalize about the potential health risks of granite countertops. But still if one feels uncomfortable with Granite then Marble could be a nice alternative.

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