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San Francisco Chronicle Article Details Planned Study on Health Effects of Crumb Rubber Artificial Turf

July 16, 2015
The San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday, July 12, reported that the state will study what is known as crumb rubber artificial turf.
 
The $2.9 million authorized will help examine the use of recycled tire, crumb rubber, to create artificial turf. The study will be conducted by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment through a contract with CalRecycle. The article, “California to study health effects of ‘crumb rubber’ in artificial turf,” also reports that the state has spent $2.2 million in 2015 on projects to replace wood bark with crumb rubber primarily on playgrounds. The study comes on the heels of the Legislature sidelining SB 45 (Hill), which would have commissioned a similar study and ended CalRecycle’s grant program that provided subsidies to local governments for the use of tire derived products on playfields and playgrounds. The full article can be read online.


 
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