A controversial type of artificial turf made of pulverized tires will no longer be used in a $25 million city school playground construction project because of concerns about possible health hazards.
Schools construction project nixes use of artificial turf made from ground tires
The Trust for Public Land has used "crumb rubber infill" turf at 18 city playgrounds, but will switch to a different turf at the next seven it builds.
"We're moving away from the crumb rubber," the group's Troy Farmer told the Daily News. "There's really no firm evidence that there's anything to be frightened of, but as long as people are concerned, better safe than sorry."
The move puts new pressure on the Parks Department, which insists the turf is safe despite growing concern from parents and health advocates that the true risks are unknown. A bill in Albany would put a six-month moratorium on its use.
The tires contain heavy metals like lead and cadmium as well as volatile organic compounds and other chemicals, but there is no consensus about whether they are unsafe.
The Parks department vowed yesterday to continue using the crumb rubber infill turf.