Artificial turf NOT dangerous!

7/30/2008:

Remember the whole Hoboken Sinatra Park Lead contamination debacle?

Well, apparently the study was “flawed” and didn’t have any dangerous lead levels, and was considered safe for kids. One Hoboken411 reader said “then why did the city spend $300k re-turfing the field?”

From ESPN:

Lead levels on tested turf fields said not to be dangerous

Children aren’t at risk for lead exposure from synthetic athletic fields, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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The commission evaluated synthetic athletic fields after lead was detected on some fields, raising worry about exposure to children.

But the commission said no tested field released amounts of lead that would be harmful.

“A variety of artificial turf products were evaluated for risk exposure to lead and the bottom line is parents should not be concerned about harmful levels of lead in artificial turf,” said Julie Vallese, a commission spokeswoman. “Go out and play.”

While the evaluation found no harmful lead levels, the commission is asking that voluntary standards be developed for synthetic turf to preclude the use of lead in future products.

“This will ensure that there is a level playing field for any company manufacturing synthetic turf in the future,” Vallese said.

The commission said its study showed newer fields had no lead or generally had the lowest lead levels. Although small amounts of lead were detected on the surface of some older fields, none of these tested fields released amounts of lead that would be harmful to children.

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Lead is present in some synthetic turf products to give the turf its various colors, but can cause brain damage and other illnesses, particularly in children.

Conditions such as age, weathering, exposure to sunlight and wear and tear may change the amount of lead that could be released from the turf, and the commission considered particles on a child’s hand, then transferred to their mouth, would be the most likely route of exposure.

Still, it determined young children wouldn’t be at risk.

As an overall guideline, the commission recommends young children wash their hands after playing outside, especially before eating.

A California environmental watchdog group, the Center for Environmental Health, reported last month that it found excessive amounts of lead in several brands of artificial turf.

It warned some of the biggest manufacturers and sellers that it would sue unless they recall or reformulate their products.

It was unconvinced by the commission’s findings.

“My quick take is that the CPSC study is fatally flawed and we’re going to continue to pursue our case because lead is a threat to children playing on artificial field,” said Charles Margulis, a spokesman for the center.

The center’s report followed New Jersey health officials’ finding of unacceptably high lead levels in some synthetic surfaces.

New Jersey health officials first discovered elevated lead levels at an athletic field in Newark last fall, then found similarly high levels in two other nylon-based fields.

A follow-up test showed the lead found on New Jersey’s turf fields could be absorbed by humans, but the state said the lead levels were not high enough to cause poisoning to people who play on the fields.

All three New Jersey fields were ripped up and replaced.

Turf manufacturers have insisted their products are safe.

Rick Doyle, president of the Synthetic Turf Council, an industry trade group, has said the lead in turf is encapsulated in the blades and neither leaches out nor becomes airborne.

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14 Comments on "Artificial turf NOT dangerous!"

Biffy B For Mayor
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Biffy B For Mayor

[quote comment=”96710″]That is absolutely not true. I know dozens of turf fields in NJ, my daughter was a lacrosse player, and none of them were torn up. A couple of years ago Dean Gieble donated $450K to build “Metro Homes Field” in Summit, NJ for the kids to play on. That was not torn up either. Another publicity stunt for Mayor Roberts at the taxpayers expense.[/quote]

The (i believe 3)that were tested and thus shut, were all replaced. — I did not mean ALL fields in NJ dumb dumb.

I use to date a lacross chick — chicks with sticks! – Giggity!

fern
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fern

That is absolutely not true. I know dozens of turf fields in NJ, my daughter was a lacrosse player, and none of them were torn up. A couple of years ago Dean Gieble donated $450K to build “Metro Homes Field” in Summit, NJ for the kids to play on. That was not torn up either. Another publicity stunt for Mayor Roberts at the taxpayers expense.

Biffy B For Mayor
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Biffy B For Mayor

[quote comment=”96633″]I guess a no-bid contractor buddy of the mayor needed to make a quick $300,000 end of month sales quota.[/quote]

All the fields in NJ were torn up and resurfaced….not just in Hoboken.

MidnightRacer
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Good to know. Now I can go back to my astro salad.

Astroturf is low maintenance vs real grass, but one wrong evasive move and there goes your ACL.

Bring back the dirt. Mud never killed anyone.

moproteus
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moproteus

You don’t have to eat the turf to get lead in your system. All one has to do is breathe in the dust that is emitted from the turf to get lead in your lungs. Just like they have done tests with the toxic chemicals of foam in furniture. People are not eating it but have elevated levels in their bodies. It comes from the dust particles that eventually enter the body by mere breathing them in. No one is wearing a mask sitting on their couch and no one is wearing a mask when they use the turfed areas.

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