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New (EHHI) report on synthetic turf fields shows industry's claims of safety do not hold up to scientific examination

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Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:30:26 -0800


*New report on synthetic turf fields shows industry's claims of safety do
not hold up to scientific examination*

North Haven, Conn., November 7, 2017-Environment and Human Health, Inc.
(EHHI) is releasing its new report* Synthetic Turf: Industry's Claims
Versus the Science ** http://www.ehhi.org <http://www.ehhi.org/>*

Shredded waste tires have been sold as crumb rubber infill for synthetic
turf fields and as rubber mulch to surface our youngest children's
playgrounds before testing was done to see if the material was safe for
these uses.

Industry continues to claim that there are studies that prove the synthetic
turf fields and rubber mulch playgrounds are safe. If no one actually reads
and analyzes these studies, then there is no one to dispute these claims.
Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI) has spent the past year carefully
reading these studies and summarizing their findings in an easily
accessible report for all to read and understand.

Many of the studies that the Synthetic Turf Industry has cited claiming the
synthetic turf fields are safe, actually show numerous heavy metals,
chemicals, and carcinogens in the samples tested.

Although industry admits that many studies find numerous toxic compounds,
they claim that the levels are too low to be dangerous to human health. Yet
the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) reports
that even when there is low-level exposure to an individual chemical that
might not cause cancer, when many low level chemicals act together they can
indeed cause cancer. This important finding emerged from an international
task force of more than 170 cancer scientists, known as the Halifax
Project, who collaboratively assessed the carcinogenic potential of
low-dose exposures to chemical mixtures in the environment.

Lead was found in every study that looked for it. One study found lead in
one field to be 500 to 1,000 times the lead concentration of the other
fields tested. This shows how variable the samples of crumb rubber can be,
and why one study sample cannot be assumed to be the norm for all samples
or for all fields.

Benzothiazole (BZT), an eye, skin and respiratory irritant, was found to be
emitted in nearly all the air samples tested and was also found leaching
from crumb rubber samples.

Because of the variability of the fields, one study called for the testing
of every artificial field to measure its risk to players, especially
children. Many cautioned that more research was needed before any
conclusions could be made about the safety or harmful effects of crumb
rubber or artificial turf.

None of the studies examined the important issue of the synergy of being
exposed to many chemicals at the same time, and what this could mean for
the health of those who play on those fields.

None measured the health impacts to children with asthma or allergies when
they play either on artificial turf fields or playgrounds surfaced with
waste tire rubber mulch.

None of the studies considered additional exposures that happen when crumb
rubber pellets migrate from the fields into cars, schoolrooms and homes.
Crumb rubber pellets are carried off the field in players' socks, shoes,
hair and ears.

The one indoor field that was tested found high levels of toxins in the air
above the field-yet this indoor field was only tested for 25 minutes. That
study recommended that indoor fields need additional testing and that all
indoor artificial turf fields need to be adequately ventilated in order to
protect human health.

Despite industry's claims that synthetic turf fields with crumb rubber are
safe, many towns and schools have become skeptical of these claims. Because
of this skepticism, many are opting for alternative infills, even though
most of the alternative infills are more expensive and none have had
independent testing.

Environment and Human Health, Inc. maintains that there is no safer surface
for athletic play than natural grass. If towns and schools would take half
of the money they put into synthetic turf fields and invest instead in
state-of-the-art natural grass fields, our children, athletes and our
planet would be healthier.
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