Monday, August 31, 2009

More interesting facts about crumb rubber

Good, but old, article about the deleterious effects of crumb rubber on plants and soil. I guess they found new and improved ways to rid the tire industry of it's toxic waste, ie: crumb under synthetic turf. Horrific to think that our elected officials actually fought to get this stuff under the feet of our children. Even worse that parents allow their kids to use it. Scary.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Funny Cartoons (click here)

If you like Dilbert, you have to click the link above. Very funny!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Real Concerns for Real Reasons


> Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2008, 1:39 PM
> News from Office of the Attorney General 55 Elm Street
> Hartford,
> Connecticut 06106
> Attorney General Richard Blumenthal For Immediate Release
> Contact:
> Tara Stapleton or Christopher Hoffman 860-808-5324
> TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2008
> Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today called on the
> Consumer
> Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to immediately remove and
> revise a
> report on its website that may dangerously and deceptively
> mislead
> citizens into believing that artificial turf has been
> proven safe.
> Blumenthal said the CPSC relied on a grossly inadequate and
> badly
> flawed study in declaring synthetic turf safe to install
> and play on
> -- focusing narrowly and insufficiently on lead, while
> failing to
> examine several other possible chemicals and concerns.
> In a letter to CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Ann Nord,
> Blumenthal said
> the CPSC's claims -- based on such a "crudely
> cursory study" -- may
> dangerously deceive municipal and state leaders nationwide
> about the
> safety of synthetic turf.
> For the sake of public health and safety, Blumenthal said
> the CPSC
> has a moral and possibly legal obligation to immediately
> remove and
> revise its synthetic turf report from its website.
> "This report and release are as deceptive as some of
> the advertising
> and marketing of consumer products prosecuted by the
> Federal Trade
> Commission and state attorneys general," Blumenthal
> said.
> "There is a clear and present danger that municipal
> and state
> decision makers -- as well as parents and citizens -- will
> rely on
> this unconscionably deficient report. It is replete with
> unsound
> scientific methodology and conclusions, and unreliable
> findings. It
> may lead t o unsupportable and unwise commitments by towns
> and cities
> or their boards of education to build or replace athletic
> fields.
> "I have personally reached no conclusion on the safety
> or health
> issues concerning artificial turf, because no complete or
> comprehensive study has been done. This one, far from being
> complete
> or comprehensive, is profoundly misleading and misguided
> and may lead
> to bad policymaking. Timely corrective action -- indeed
> immediate
> revision -- is essential. Contact: Tara Stapleton or
> Christopher
> Hoffman 860-808-5324
> "The CPSC review of artificial turf safety focused
> entirely on the
> issue of lead contamination from artificial blades of
> grass. While
> this one issue is important, it is neither the sole nor the
> most
> significant issue. There is no indication that CPSC staff
> considered
> the transferability or emission -- especially at high
> temperatures --
> of toxic chemicals from the crumb rubber used at the base
> of
> artificial turf. This crumb rubber is usually made from
> recycled
> tires, containing chemicals -- including benthothiazole,
> butyplated
> hydroxyanisole and phthalates -- that may be toxic or
> carcinogenic
> under some circumstances.
> "Similarly, there is no indication that CPSC
> considered other
> important risks, some presented or aggravated by very high
> temperatures in the summer sun, and exposure to serious
> infection
> caused by the more extensive skin burns and abrasions
> created by
> falls on this material. Further, while CPSC staff admits
> that aging,
> wear and exposure to sunlight may change the amounts of
> chemicals
> released, CPSC has not even attempted to study or quantify
> the
> effects of those changes on health and safety.
> "Even as to the lead issue, the CSPC study is
> seriously and
> reprehensibly flawed. The study evaluated only 14 samples
> of
> artificial turf, even though thousands of these fields are
> in use.
> Worse, six samples were from portions of turf that was
> never
> installed or used, and one sample came from a field that
> was no
> longer in use. Thus, only half of the samples -- or seven
> -- were
> from turf in current use. The severely deficient scope of
> this fact
> finding eviscerates the credibility of CSPC's sweeping
> conclusions
> about thousands of artificial turf surfaces in daily use.
> "It is mystifying and mindboggling that an agency
> charged with
> protecting our children from unsafe products would declare
> artificial
> turf 'OK to Install, OK to Play On' without
> studying these critical
> health and safety threats.
> "Continued public dissemination of this misleading and
> deceptive
> material might well constitute a violation of our consumer
> protection
> laws if done by a company selling this product. The
> CSPC's
> distributing it -- and vouching for its accuracy --
> constitutes a
> violation of its public trust."
> The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
> (DEP) -- at
> Blumenthal's urging and with funding from a lawsuit
> settlement by his
> office -- is beginning a study of artificial turf.
> Blumenthal
> recommended that the CSPC coordinate additional study with
> the DEP to
> ensure a thorough and prompt examination of synthetic turf.
> ***END***Co ntact: Tara Stapleton or Christopher Hoffman
> 860-808-5324
> Nancy Alderman, President
> Environment and Human Health, Inc.
> 1191 Ridge Road
> North Haven, CT 06473
> (phone) 203-248-6582
> (fax) 203-288-7571
> --
> Nancy Alderman, President
> Environment and Human Health, Inc.
> 1191 Ridge Road
> North Haven, CT 06473
> (phone) 203-248-6582
> (fax) 203-288-7571

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Syn turf, locked up from the public

Right here in our backyard, Jackson Twp, NJ, we are seeing what happens when synthetic turf is put in by a township but is only allowed to be used by members of an organization. So, basically that means every taxpayer is paying for a product, but only certain portions of that group are going to be able to utilize said product. Does that seem fair? I think not.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

NJ Dept Health and Senior Services determines turf is a hazzard

Extra, extra read all about it, turf does contain harmful lead!! Read the full report by clicking on the title of this headline.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Another look at the turf wars (click)

Here is an up to date overview of the synthetic vs real turf debate. Comments at the bottom are interesting. Read on

ABC World News Video Clip (click)

Believe it or not, the ABC World News called VAST for an interview last Thursday. Unfortunately, I wasn't available to take that call, otherwise it would have been Marlton on the news. In light of all the recent events that have led up to the CPSC investigation, I thought it would be pertinent to post this link, it runs 2 minutes.

One issue that remains a concern is that the crumb rubber used as infill has not been included in this study as a source of lead. So far, CPSC is only looking into the nylon fibers that were used in the old Astroturf product . It is urgent that they make sure they examine the whole product when checking for heavy metals, especially on product that is currently being installed.

Please write to the CPSC and let them know you would like the entire turf product examined, not just the fiber. Here is a link: