photo by Boyd Loving
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, on April 29 meeting, the Ridgewood Board of Education voted to again install a rubber crumb based field turf at RHS Field Stadium . In the usual method the Board made its decision without open discussions with residents, vendors ,students and healthcare and environmental professionals.Crumb Rubber fill is basically ground up car tires .
The Ridgewood Board of Education continues to ignore the potential health risks of “Crumb Rubber ” both for the athletes using the fields , the down stream environmental contamination and the higher temperatures .
Maple Field which is also in a flood plain opted for a more eco friendly design , using a coconut based fill . http://theridgewoodblog.net/the-new-maple-field-in-ridgewood-is-ready-for-action/ .
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services , “Synthetic or artificial turf is a surface of man-made fibers and other components which are made to look like natural grass. Since the 1960’s when synthetic turf was introduced, the popularity has grown. Over 12,000 synthetic turf fields are in use within the United States today.
A standard synthetic turf field uses infill materials, such as “crumb rubber,” which is spread between the “grass” fibers to provide cushioning and traction. This crumb rubber consists of shredded rubber particles made from recycled automotive tires often mixed with sand. Crumb rubber from recycled tires contains numerous potential carcinogenic and toxic substances.
In recent years, the use of tire crumb rubber as part of the infill has led to larger public concern for potential health risks. As athletes and children dive and play on these surfaces, crumb rubber particles have been found to cling to:
This can lead to unintentionally inhaling, ingesting, and making skin contact with the crumb rubber or with chemicals that may leach out of it.”
Last night the RHS Stadium flooded once again delivering particles of crumb rubber down stream .