Federal investigation to find out link between rubber turf and cancer

Federal investigation to find out link between rubber turf and cancer

A Federal investigation will be carried out to study the potential health risks to people from artificial rubber turf used on playing fields. The federal study will find out if there is any link between the exposure to recycled tire materials in sports fields and cancer.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have joined hands to conduct the research. The crumb rubber turf is usually present in any synthetic field across the US.

The turf is also present on synthetic fields across the US. Soccer players, football players and anyone who plays sports on artificial fields is exposed to the material. As per EPA spokesperson Laura Allen, the research team will have almost 50 federal employees and the budget of the investigation would be $2 million.

Experts said that the rubber crumb turf is commonly used nationwide in fields and playing areas for children therefore, it is important to find out whether the material is harmful to people or not. According to earlier report, lead level enough to potentially harm children have been found in artificial turf, which is used in thousands of schools, playgrounds and day-care centers across the nations.

For now, no link has been found between crumb rubber turf and cancer, but the matter needs to be studied in detail. But the federal agencies are confident that there is a connection between the chemicals in the crumb rubber and cancer and the detailed investigation will reveal the same.

It has to be noted that players get exposed to crumb rubber turf, which gets into their mouths, ears and clothing. In 2015, University of Washington soccer coach publicized a list of 38 young athletes who played on synthetic fields and were diagnosed with blood cancers, like leukemia and lymphoma.