Turf Wars: The Attack On Crumb Rubber Synthetic Turf

Law360, New York (December 14, 2015, 11:26 AM EST) -- William L. Anderson

Emma K. Burton A large number of sports teams and local governments have installed synthetic turf made with "crumb rubber" on playing fields and playgrounds in recent years to obtain the advantages of all-season use and lower maintenance costs. In recent months, however, the media and a growing group of critics contend that the crumb rubber used in these fields, essentially ground up tires, contains carcinogens and other harmful substances and is potentially dangerous to children and other users. Critics want the fields removed or warning signs installed, or are actively opposing installation of new fields.

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