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University of Washington
Is artificial turf causing cancer?
Is artificial turf causing cancer?

Synthetic turf fields are made of a synthetic grasslike material, to which 40,000 ground-up rubber tires are added as "in-fill." It is the out-gassing of chemicals from these ground-up rubber tire "crumbs," as well as the rubber crumb dust, that pose the greatest health concern to the athletes. There are no barriers between the rubber crumbs and the athletes who are playing on these fields. The rubber crumbs are unstable and get into shoes, stockings, clothing and even the hair and ears of those who play on them. As the fields get used, dust particles from the crumb rubber develop and are easily inhaled, increasing the toxic exposure levels. Why is it, when scientists...