Thursday, June 5, 2008

Body Can Absorb Lead Found in Turf Fields

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Health Department officials say lead found in artificial turf at three athletic fields can be absorbed by humans.

Since last year, elevated lead levels were discovered at Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, Lion Stadium at the College of New Jersey in Ewing and a field in Newark's Iron Bound district. Other fields tested have not had lead.

The Health Department says tests show lead from fibers and dust can be dissolved under conditions similar to human digestion.

State epidemiologist Eddy Bresnitz says the lead levels are not high enough to cause poisoning to people who play on the fields. But he says it could cause more damage for children already exposed to lead.

The state forwarded the findings to federal officials.

1 comment:

Taxpayer said...

Follow the money.

If the NYC Dept of Health learns of one drop of lead paint in a building, the next step is to butcher the landlord to force him to "alleviate" and "remedy" no matter the cost or the actual danger from the paint (which may have been applied in the '30s or '40s - long before the current landlord was even born).

The same Health Department is deranged in regards to posting the calorie counts of every imaginable (and even unimaginable) combination of food in a fast food store.

Yet, this Health Department - with the blessing of Commissar Death - recently reported that the lead and other toxic and cancerous ingredients in artificial turf are harmless.

Naturally, it concluded this by performing no product testing whatsoever, and, instead, relied on copying other people's work (even the manufacturers') to make this report.

Calories, lead paint drops, time to kill the providers; dog bites, dog shit in kids' food, this is desireable. Cancer causing artificial turf? That's a money producer for kickbacks.