Public and Government Reacts to Lead found in some Artrificial Grass

There has been ongoing controversy about the use of lead in manufacturing synthetic grass products. These products, which are widely used for family recreation and children’s play areas, have come under close scrutiny.
By: ArtificialGrassGuide.org
 
Sept. 30, 2009 - PRLog -- There has been ongoing controversy about the use of lead in manufacturing synthetic grass products. These products, which are widely used for family recreation and children’s play areas, have come under close scrutiny. The Center of Environmental Health (CEH) has since done independent testing on artificial turf sold at Home Depot, Ace Hardware, as well as other carpet vendors, online retailers, and Bay area installers. The tests confirmed that contact with some of the synthetic grass products, if touched or ingested, would violate the California state law for lead exposure. The CDC is worried that high lead levels may lead to neurological development symptoms that may affect current and future generations of children and adults alike.

Attorney General, Edmund G. Brown Jr., recently signed an agreement requiring the synthetic grass companies to eliminate all lead content in their grass products. This agreement serves as the first binding lead regulation in the United States. The Attorney General stated that such an agreement will help to ensure safety for all families and their children, who will no longer have to be concerned with sports fields and recreational areas of concern.  Back in 2008, Brown took three major companies to court regarding the high lead content found in their products after testing was conducted by the CEH. Each of the three companies was required to reformulate their products composition, as well as cease to sell any of their previous products that contained high amounts of lead.

Brown’s ruling also specifically states a measured standard in regards to the lead content for current artificial turf products. He ruled that the lead content cannot exceed 100 parts per million (hazardous lead levels in items such as lead based paint have averaged at about 10,000 parts per million). The use of lead for maintaining synthetic grass pigmentation will thus have to be altered by all existing companies that may be in violation. The Centers of Disease Control warned the public about impending exposure to lead within synthetic grass products. They stated that the aging and weathering of synthetic turf can lead to lead particles being released it into the air, thus creating a hazardous environment should any be either ingested or inhaled.

Back in May of 2008, the Senate passed California Senator Abel Maldonado’s bill for a statewide study examining both the environmental and public health impacts of synthetic grass in comparison to natural grass. Since the involvement of legal action, Synthetic Turf companies nationwide have resorted to new ways of achieving the same composition and pigmentation of real grass by utilizing newer and safer methods that make it more difficult for lead particles to be released and exposed to the public. The latest studies have shown that newer synthetic sports and recreation fields contain a significantly lower amount of lead than the older fields. The CDC has continued to conduct tests and currently claim that the risk of lead contamination is now much lower than it once was. Companies recommended for no traceable amount of Lead include Synthetic Grass Warehouse (http://www.SyntheticGrassWarehouse.com) and TigerTurf (http://www.TigerTurfWorld.com). Both seem to pride themselves on that fact and being extremely eco-friendly.
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