The state's environmental agency has started work on a study to assess the environmental impact of ground-up tires used in modern synthetic turf fields.
Department of Environmental Conservation officials said Wednesday that the agency took up the issue after state lawmakers raised concerns about potentially toxic and carcinogenic components -- such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and zinc -- in the rubber crumbs that cushion the fields. Some fear that the chemicals may leach into groundwater or vaporize into inhalable gases.
Environmental impact of synthetic turf to be studied
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