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Here is a look at some recent stories that discuss the safety of crumb rubber and the testing behind the findings.

Synthetic Turf Fields Considered Safe by Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment

December 20, 2016 Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment

New research released today by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) indicates that the health risk of playing sports on synthetic turf fields with an infill of rubber granulate is “virtually negligible.” The RIVM research concluded that it is considered “safe for people to play sports on such fields.”

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Leading Recycled Rubber and Synthetic Turf Industry Group Members Voluntarily Move to Adopt Key Safety Standard

November 30, 2016 Business Wire

Recycled Rubber Council, Safe Fields Alliance, and Synthetic Turf Council Members announced today that they are jointly cooperating to ensure all synthetic turf and playground infills meet new ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) toy standards for heavy metals. This effort will further ensure safety for youth and athletes. In a recent press release, […]

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Turf Field Hysteria Fails Test Of Science

October 10, 2016

In a letter to the editor, Mark Roberson, a Ph.D. chemist with decades of experience in medico-scientific research outlines his thoughts on recycled rubber and how recent concerns are unfounded. Mark outlined some observations on matters that are well understood within the scientific community but evidently have not become common knowledge within the general population. […]

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Synthetic Turf Fields, Crumb Rubber, and Concerns about Cancer

May 25, 2016, Archie Bleyer, MD* — Oregon Health and Science University

Dr. Archie Bleyer, former decade-long chair of the Children’s Cancer Group, then the world’s largest pediatric cancer research organization, has analyzed the debate around recycled rubber and potential health effects and posted a detailed analysis online. He concluded the following: “… we naturally have a need to find something to blame but it’s not the […]

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New Video Sets the Record Straight on Artificial Turf and Crumb Rubber

February 2, 2016

“The Truth About Artificial Turf and Crumb Rubber” Features Parent, Coach, and Scientific Perspectives on the Safety of Turf and Recycled Rubber NEW YORK – February 2, 2016 – Today, the artificial turf and recycled rubber industries released a video entitled “The Truth About Artificial Turf and Crumb Rubber” to educate decision-makers, coaches, parents, and […]

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Synthetic Soccer Field Risks Appear Overblown

November 11, 2015, Blair King — Environmental Scientist, Husband, Father — Huffpost British Columbia

As a chemist, the suggestion of a risk associated with an inert material like shredded tire crumbs seemed chemically implausible, but having seen the documentary I chose to do a bit more research. What I found reassured me. The toxicological research on the topic was pretty much unanimous in saying that rubber tire crumbs do […]

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Recycled Rubber Council Issues Response to NBC Report

October 5, 2015, RRC

Recycled rubber used in synthetic turf fields and other products is safe and does not cause cancer. Rubber has been an everyday part of life in America for more than 170 years and to claim that it suddenly poses a health risk is simply false. The fact is that rubber goes through a process that makes it safe for use and renders any harmful chemicals inert. The rubber in recycled tires is the same as the rubber in sneakers, sidewalks, asphalt highways and roads, garden hoses, strollers, gym floors, mouthpieces for some musical instruments, and many other products widely recognized as 100 percent safe.

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Pirozzolo: Auburn school district addressing cost, safety concerns with turf proposal

Our turf committee has conducted and reviewed extensive research on the safety of crumb rubber infill, but we still have not found any documentation or conclusive evidence proving that it is unsafe. We have found that crumb rubber infill is the most widely-used infill in synthetic turf fields because it is durable, high-performing and low-cost, […]

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Verdant consultant: Available data shows no risk from crumb rubber fields

The findings “are consistent with those of multiple regulatory agencies that have evaluated the risk from artificial turf products in general,” the Gradient report said, “including evaluations that are more complex than this screening level assessment. Although there are limitations with a screening level risk assessment such as this one, the consistent conclusion that the […]

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Synthetic Turf Comes Under Fire, But Lack of Proof Makes it a Preferred Playing Field Surface

October 9, 2015, Michael Colangelo — USA Today Sports

Currently there is no proof that synthetic turf led to the types of health concerns NBC addressed. NBC even mentions the lack of proof in its own report. Dr. Laura Green, a MIT-educated toxicologist, is quoted saying, “There’s zero reason to be concerned that playing on synthetic turf will put your child at risk for cancer. It’s simply not true.” There is also a study by the state of Connecticut which did not find any elevated cancer risks from playing on turf.

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