Three federal agencies are finally investigating the safety of crumb rubber artificial turfs used in playgrounds all across the US.
For years, there have been concerns about using artificial rubber turfs for playing sports since they have been suspected of causing cancer to female athletes.
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Now the federal government has announced that it will investigate the matter. Federal scientists will review artificial turfs used in playing fields across the country and will find out possible health risks associated with them.
Artificial turfs are made of sand and recycled tires and it has been long assumed that the direct human exposure to the mixture of chemicals can lead to chronic diseases especially cancer.
“Some of government’s best and brightest scientists are working to identify what is in recycled tire crumb, identify ways in which people may be exposed to it and determine if it’s harmful. Robust public participation and the sharing of sound and accurate information will be a critical component of this effort.” CPSC chairman Elliot F. Kaye said in a statement.
Artificial rubber turfs have been used in thousands of schools and playgrounds across US and are putting millions of young kids at a risk if it turns out that exposure to these turfs is harmful for humans. The growing use of artificial turf is further raising health concerns.
In 2014, NBC carried out an extensive investigation. They found that many young female players from Washington’s soccer team have been diagnosed with cancer and most of them are goalies whose bodies are in constant contact with the turf and suspected the possible link between cancer and exposure to chemicals in artificial turfs.
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There were a limited number of studies done in this regard in the past and none had linked cancer to artificial turf. But the forthcoming study will be done on large-scale and will help determine whether it is safe for kids or athletes to play on these turfs.