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Recycled Rubber in the News
The "Synthetic Turf Field Recycled Tire Crumb Rubber Research Under the Federal Research Action Plan, Final Report, Part I" highlights what we already know about crumb rubber infill in synthetic turf fields: crumb rubber is made of the same components found in everyday consumer products, and hospital and classroom floors. The report reconfirms that the mere presence of a substance does not equate with human exposure, and recognizes substances are also present in grass fields and other types of surfaces. Furthermore, when the EPA tested for dozens of substances it found low- and below-detection limits emissions, which is consistent with previous studies. We look forward to the EPA finishing their human exposure characterization in a timely manner in order to provide parents and communities the certainty they deserve.
Recycled rubber plays a vital yet largely unseen role in in our lives. We interact with it on a daily basis and it enables us to do many of the things we love the most. At the same time, there have been a number of unsubstantiated claims made in the media about the safety of recycled rubber, and these claims have been repeatedly refuted by the facts. Here are a few recent pieces to be aware of:
- "Biddeford, Deering getting new artificial turf fields", Portland Press-Herald (Maine) August 15, 2018
- "BCC field opens new era in Berkshire sports", The Berkshire Eagle (Massachusetts) July 23, 2018
- "Synthetic field facts far different from letter", The Valley Breeze (Rhode Island) November 1, 2017
- "Board continues to talk turf", The McFarland Thistle (Wisconsin) July 26, 2017
- "Brentwood joins high school football turf trend", The Tennessean (Tennessee) June 29, 2017
- "UNK replacing turf at Cope Stadium; work begins today", Kearney Hub (Nebraska) June 19, 2017
- "Glen Lake gets go-ahead on turf field", Traverse City Record-Eagle (Michigan), June 13, 2017
- "A long way from the Astrodome: Turf's become safer, more prevalent", The Chronicle-Telegram (Ohio) August 25, 2016
- "Synthetic turf installation underway at Duck Samford", Opelika-Auburn News (Alabama), June 17, 2016
- "Study finds Rancho Santa Fe turf field is not a health hazard", Rancho Santa Fe Review (California), May 18, 2016
- "Why Science Over Speculation Matters When It Comes to the Turf Debate", Huffington Post, April 26, 2016
- "Turf Industry Bolsters Defense of Crumb Rubber Safety", Athletic Business, April 2016
- "Rec and Park familiar with turf materials", San Francisco Examiner, March 16, 2016.
- "Preliminary test results: Crumb-rubber in artificial fields safe", HeraldNet, March 11, 2016.
- “Toxicologist’s view: Science refutes worries over recycled rubber”, Duluth News Tribune, January 17, 2016.
- “Forum: Claims about synthetic turf not supported by science”, New Haven Register, November 8, 2015.
- “Synthetic turf comes under fire but lack of proof makes it a preferred playing field surface”, USA Today, October 7, 2015.
- “Verdant consultant: Available data shows no risk from crumb rubber fields”, MyEdmondsNews, May 27, 2015.
- “Ground up tires give new meaning to synthetic turf”, USA Today, January 9, 2014.
Environmental Research Journal Assesses Risk of Crumb Rubber in Turf Fields:
Leading Pediatric Health Expert Says Recycled Rubber is Safe:
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