Summary of Environmental, Health and Safety Issues Associated with Artificial Turf: Document Review, Comments and Opinion, by Braun Intertec Corporation, Project BL 08-00843, February 27, 2008.
On February 22-23, 2008, the Friends of Riverfront (www.ourbeautifulriver.org) , a Minneapolis advocacy group, commissioned Braun Intertec Corporation to look into the environmental, health and safety issues associated with artificial turf fields. The recent proposal to install an artificial turf field on Nicollet Island provided the context for the study. Braun Intertec (www.braunintertec.com) is an engineering and environmental consulting company in Minneapolis, Minn. For background on the Nicollet Island project, see http://www.synturf.org/sayno.html (Item No. 13 and references cited therein).
On February 27, 2008, the Senior Industrial Hygienist for Braun Intertec, Gregory Olson, issued a four-page report that contained a review of the literature, the substances that pose health risks, conditions that affect the degree of risk, and the variables that affect potential health hazards. The letter concluded, “Based on our reviews of the various documents and the specified studies, it is our opinion that the tire crumb infill can be a potential health hazard to the users and other individuals in the immediate vicinity of the field, as well as pose a risk to the neighboring environment.”
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