Calls for a government-led investigation of the potential negative health effects of crumb rubber turf are getting louder, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission is listening. Crumb rubber turf infill consists of black pellets of ground-up rubber, and it’s become increasingly popular in the construction of sports fields. Some are concerned, however, that crumb rubber turf may expose athletes to cancer-causing chemicals.

On Wednesday, January 27, CPSC chairman Elliot F. Kaye, in statements to a Florida television station, indicated that CPSC will investigate the potential risks of rubber turf.

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Are synthetic turf playing fields exposing children to unsafe levels of harmful chemicals putting them at risk of illness and disease?  That is a question that has percolated over the last several years, and one that received high-profile media attention in 2014.  The issue centers around the possible connection between crumb rubber infill – little black pellets of ground up rubber – and potential exposure to chemicals and heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and arsenic.  The rubber provides for a softer surface, but some are questioning whether the chemicals in the crumb rubber cause unsafe exposures to chemicals.

In late 2014 NBC News reported on concerns being raised about the potential health effects of children playing on crumb rubber infilled artificial turf. Other news outlets also published pieces on the subject on in 2014 as well (see here and here).
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