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LETTER: Safety of artificial turf questioned

Editor, The Spotlight:

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, Bethlehem residents will have the opportunity to vote on two School Bond Proposals.

The first, for $20.2 million dollars is for repairs and facilities improvements around the school district.

The second, for $3.5 million dollars is to install synthetic turf on the high school playing field.

I urge the voting public to vote “no” on the second bond proposal for the following reasons:

Synthetic turf leaches toxins into the environment. Studies have concluded that artificial turf has the potential to pollute our environment with dangerous toxins like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phthalates, arsenic, cadmium, chromium and lead. As a result, runoff from an artificial turf field that drains to a local creek can pose a risk of toxic effects. And kids playing on these fields are exposed to leaching and off-gassing chemicals known to have carcinogenic, repro-toxic, mutagenic, and endocrine-disrupting effects.

Artificial turf increases injuries, especially head injuries. Researchers are studying the effects of artificial turf on increasing sports injuries, including increased frequency and severity of head injuries, and increased potential for infection and skin burns.

Fabricated turf creates heat islands. Artificial turf gets much hotter than grass. Studies have found temperatures on artificial turf exceeding temperatures on nearby natural grass in the range of 39° to 95°F--even up to 140°F--hotter. The result is play on artificial turf fields, where kids and adults are expected to play their best, at temperatures 117° to 157°F--and even hotter.

Bonnie Goldsmith, Delmar

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SyntheticTurfCouncil 1 year, 8 months ago

All of the independent studies conducted by the U.S. EPA, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the state departments of the environment and health in CT, NY, and CA have validated the human health and environmental safety of synthetic turf -- the studies are available to read in their entirety on the Synthetic Turf Council website. STC website Synthetic turf is a great option for kids and others who want a playing surface that is safe and resilient 24/7 throughout the year. Rick Doyle, President, Synthetic Turf Council.

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dac 1 year, 8 months ago

"Fabricated turf creates heat islands. Artificial turf gets much hotter than grass. Studies have found temperatures on artificial turf exceeding temperatures on nearby natural grass in the range of 39° to 95°F--even up to 140°F--hotter. The result is play on artificial turf fields, where kids and adults are expected to play their best, at temperatures 117° to 157°F--and even hotter" What studies? From What Lab? Was the Lab an accreditted lab? How many samples of turf? What was the control group vs the trial group? where were these tests done? Very easy to print a bold statement, to use a scare tactics, but not believable without scientic data. This article is bogus without proof.

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