Friday, April 6, 2007
Adrian plays defense on artificial turf
The city’s Parks Dept. has refused a request to study possible health risks from synthetic turf fields currently installed at 73 locations and planned for another 40 athletic fields.
Parks Dept. denies health study of synthetic turf
What do they have to hide? Maybe this:
That rubber comes from recycled tires, and Crain’s toxicology test showed levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) far above safety standards set by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. A concentration of the highly carcinogenic benzo(a)pyrene was found to be more than eight times above acceptable soil levels. If this was found in dirt, Crain said, the state would declare the fields contaminated.
Two months later, Benepe denied the request in a letter directing further questions to the department’s lawyer...This week the Parks Dept. cited two studies to discredit Crain; one was funded by the Tire Recycling Management Association of Alberta, Canada.
In NYC, a pretty field is more important than the health of the people who use it.
Photo from NYC Parks Department website