Monday, May 18, 2009

More Questions About Synthetic Turf

The AP reports that some health experts, activists and parents are "worried that children may be exposed to chemicals if they inhale or swallow the rubber granules, known as crumb rubber" that is placed under synthetic turf. The rubber, which is made from rubber tires, contain chemicals that are known carcinogens, leading some to question whether that increases the risk of cancer for children. Heat is another concern, particularly heat stress and heat stroke. "Temperatures on artificial turf fields have been recorded at 130 to 140 degrees."

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