A friend whose son and mine play soccer together brought this to my attention last month. I admit to not having given more thought to the those chunky tire bits that litter my car, wrongfully assuming perhaps that they had been cleansed of anything that might be carcinogenic. This is eye-opening and as a parent of a soccer player, here is one of the most upsetting parts of this NBC News report:
Environmental advocates want the Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to take a closer look. While both the CPSC and the EPA performed studies over five years ago, both agencies recently backtracked on their assurances the material was safe, calling their studies “limited.” But while the EPA told NBC News in a statement that “more testing needs to be done,” the agency also said it considered artificial turf to be a “state and local decision,” and would not be commissioning further research.
While certain laws such as smoking in public are the domain of state and local agencies, this kind of health concern strikes me as one that’s warranting EPA and CPSC investigation.