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To: Minnesota State Legislature
Protect Our Children - Stop Using Tire Mulch on MN Playgrounds
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I am concerned about the environmental and health impacts of waste tires used as mulch on playgrounds and as synthetic turf infill for athletic fields.
Using waste tires that contain cancer causing chemicals and lead in children’s playgrounds and student’s athletic fields poses too great a health risk. The chemicals found in shredded tire material include carcinogens, neurotoxins, respiratory/eye/skin irritants and reproductive and developmental toxins.
Waste tires also harm our environment. They contain many hazardous substances, including heavy metals such as zinc, cadmium, and lead; known carcinogens and VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. These toxic substances have been shown to leach from the waste tires as they degrade, contaminating the soil, plants, and aquatic systems.
I urge you to support a moratorium on use of recycled waste tires in playgrounds and athletic fields.
Why is this important?
Since 1995 the U.S. EPA has been encouraging the recycling of waste tires into playground mulch and synthetic turf athletic field infill. Although waste tires meet the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s criteria for hazardous waste, they have received a special exemption for these uses.
According to an analysis conducted by Yale University, 96 chemicals were found in samples of shredded rubber tire playground mulch. Chemicals detected in shredded tire material include carcinogens, neurotoxins, respiratory/eye/skin irritants and reproductive and developmental toxins.
Athletes playing on synthetic turf are exposed to chronic toxicity from PAHs, known carcinogens. When the material heats, off-gassing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air increases.
A moratorium on the use of public funds for new playgrounds and athletic fields using shredded tire mulch or crumb rubber infill is necessary until more studies are done on this material.