California State to Study Health Effects of Artificial Turf

Published Date : Jul 13, 2015

Officials in California are all set to undertake a detailed study of the health effects of artificial turfs which are used to construct artificial lawns. The future of artificial turf fields will soon decided after the scanner, a project that has been allotted a budget of over US$2.9 million by the state, and the debate over the safety of these fields will soon be over.

But even as the state has allotted such a huge amount for the project, it will also continue to give millions of dollars for the installation of playgrounds and fields that using the material in question to schools and cities.

Sen. Jerry Hill of D-San Mateo says that the act of continuing doling out funds for constructing playgrounds and fields using the same material is irresponsible. Hill has authored the bill that objects that the grant program while the state has decided to conduct the study.

Hill’s bill was exterminated amid a fierce opposition from well-funded opponents in the labor interests and tire recycling industry. The groups spent enormous sums of funds (nearly $300,000, according to official filings) lobbying against Hill’s bill and other bills questioning the benefits and pointing out the ill effects of artificial turfs.

Hill says that already enough questions have been raised about the ill effects and many other risks of the material, especially when the material is going to be so children owing to its presence all over in playgrounds.

Recycled tires form a big portion of the artificial turfs that are used to form colorful landing mats and cover several other patches of lands in playgrounds and fields to either beautify surfaces or replace the use of wood bark in such places. Further grounded tire pieces are spread on the turfs to add resiliency and surface traction to the turfs.

Health advocates and environmental awareness groups state that the material was promoted by states and federal bodies even when it was shown to contain cancer causing agents and toxic substances such as cadmium, lead, and arsenic.