Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Synthetic turf fields kicking up safety concerns

Health experts, activists and parents from Seattle to Chicago to Stamford, Mass. are worried that children may be exposed to chemicals if they inhale or swallow synthetic turf's rubber granules, known as crumb rubber. Some are calling for a moratorium until the issue is more fully studied.
"Rubber tires are made with chemicals that are known carcinogens. The question remains, does that raise the risk for cancer for children? We don't know that," said Dr. Susan Buchanan, associate director of Great Lakes Center for Children's Environmental Health and an assistant professor of public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Read full story. Click here.