Concerns Over Artificial Turf Arise in Connecticut

In wake of the closing of four artificial turf fields in New Jersey due to concerns over dangerous amounts of lead, a Connecticut field in West Haven has been closed and others are under scrutiny.  However, there has yet to be a study linking artificial turf to any health problems for those that compete on such surfaces.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is studying the levels of lead found in the nylon-based turf in light of New Jersey’s recent action.  The results of the tests, or preemptive actions by concerned local officials could have a significant impact on athletic programs in Connecticut.  While only four old-fashioned turf fields are still in use, there are 80 Field Turf surfaces in Connecticut, with more set to be installed.

Stay tuned for more news and analysis on this subject as it becomes available.

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