Attorney General: Attorney General Lauds EPA For Responding To Request To Investigate Potential Threats Of Artificial Turf

Connecticut Attorney General's Office

Press Release

Attorney General Lauds EPA For Responding To Request To Investigate Potential Threats Of Artificial Turf

May 1, 2008

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today announced that - days after he and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate the potential threats related to artificial turf - the agency has agreed to investigate.

"I am pleased the EPA has heeded our call - recognizing its responsibility to know the facts about lead and other potentially harmful chemicals in artificial turf," Blumenthal said. "The EPA should complete this research as quickly as possible because the health risks are potentially urgent as children play every day on these fields across America, and communities make profoundly far-reaching decisions about building new ones. Hopefully, the EPA will complete an authoritative study before the new school year begins this Fall. We will cooperate and assist in every way possible.

"On playing fields throughout Connecticut, we are playing with the health of our children. We must address the unknowns and do the research necessary to protect our children's health, as well as environmental concerns. Preliminary studies have already revealed troubling possible risks involving lead and other dangerous chemicals in artificial turf. Recycled rubber tires are replacing grass in fields across the state and nation, raising serious questions about the potential environmental risks, including possibly harmful runoff into streams and other waterways."