the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, last night the Ridgewood Board of Education voted tonight 5 to 0 to replace the artificial turf at RHS with the same rubber based turf that was installed in 2011 by the same company, Field Turf USA.
There was a small discussion in which Dr. Fishbein never mentioned that the field is in an active flood plain and because of that factor needs to be replaced earlier than anticipated by the promotional material. There was no mention of the recent Maple Field installation using “geofill” and no mention that because the field abuts a brook, the crumb rubber infill ends up in the brooks and streams .
No mention of ‘global warming ” and the heat factor. Maple Field will be cooler by 20 degrees because of “geofill” is being used as opposed to crumb rubber. No experts were consulted , just Dr. Fishbein and zero questions from Board members apparently its “settled science” to the Ridgewood Board of Education.
We were shocked to find out that the Ridgewood Board of Education is still quoting a 2009 study conducted by the Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee (REAC) .
The REAC Study the BOE is using to justify turf fields came under much criticism at the time. Their fact finding was not longitudinal and disregarded many other sources of information
Field Turf, a vendor of synthetic turf, quotes a 2009 study conducted by the Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee (REAC) throughout its promotional materials. Specifically, on artificial turf fields and water safety: “Several recent studies explored this concern in great depth and found no basis for health or environmental concern due to leaching of hazardous materials from synthetic turf installations, similar to the one at Maple Field. REAC believes that there is sufficient evidence to support the conclusion that the field design at Maple Park poses no risk to the local environment in Ridgewood.
Ten years have passed and we have so much more evidence and testimony not to mention the most blatant fact: our turf fields exist in active flood plains.The Board has disregarded all the evidence in 2010-2011 and paid the price.
The question of cancer and artificial turf gained significant national attention in the United States with a series of news stories on “NBC Nightly News” regarding a cluster of cancers in young women soccer players. A cancer cluster is the appearance of an unusually high rate of cancer in one location in a particular time frame. The story was dismissed by the turf industry, which has said the playing surface is safe.
In a Washington Post Article in March of 2017, “Does playing on artificial turf pose a health risk for your child? ” ,the post voiced concern over “crumb rubber fill” ,”Modern tires are a mixture of natural and synthetic rubber, carbon black — a material made from petroleum — and somewhere between four and 10 gallons of petroleum products. They also contain metals, including cadmium, lead, which is neurotoxic, and zinc. Some of the chemicals in tires, such as dibenzopyrenes, are known carcinogens. Also, in addition to chemicals used in the manufacture of the tire, any chemical the tires were exposed to in their use can become absorbed on the carbon black in the tires.”
Incidentally every time there is a flood , run off ends up in the in our streams and rivers and perhaps ,finds its way into our drinking water.
Grass is best and the next best alternative is organic infill that will decompose in the land fills and is less harmful to the environment and the health and safety of the those using the fields.