Benzene. Arsenic. Cadmium. Chromium. Crystalline Silica. These are all scientifically known as human carcinogens and are all present in crumb rubber tire infill. Not to mention neurotoxins of lead, zinc, hexane, toluene, formaldehyde and phthalates.
The Children’s Environmental Health Center Department of Preventive Medicine of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai recommend, “In the absence of convincing evidence of safety, we recommend that children not play on recycled rubber surfaces that contain known carcinogens and neurotoxins and support a ban on the use of these products.”
Proper disinfection to prevent the transfer of blood borne pathogens, MRSA, and staph bacteria is also required. Synthetic turf fields have been known to reach extreme temperatures of 160 degrees on sunny days and must be properly cooled. Our proposed synthetic turf field project does not include irrigation. Without proper irrigation, fields will be too hot to play on.
The City of Hartford has banned the use of crumb rubber tire infill. The towns of Hamden, Monroe, Wilton and South Windsor all changed their original plans to use crumb rubber tire infill, and no longer are installing crumb rubber tire infill, as student and environmental health concerns have become apparent.
Please contact our Board of Education members and request that they vote to change the education specifications and amend the selection of crumb rubber tire infill. There are alternative products available. As elected officials, they have the fiduciary responsibility to ensure school related health and safety of our children.