Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has given artificial turf a safe to play endorsement based on flawed and limited science.
The Commission should withdraw its endorsement and undertake a broader review."
"A growing body of evidence about chemical exposure and other dangers from synthetic turf has been ignored by
the Commission which has posted false safety assurances for parents, athletes and schools. Its endorsement is based entirely
upon a very limited 2008 study on lead exposure which failed to take into account realistic risks for children and athletes
-- learn more and sign here."
The installation of artificial turf has been contentious in San Francisco since the first artificial
turf fields were proposed and installed. Sometimes the fields have been embraced by the neighborhood in which they were
placed, and other times they have been rejected.
The City Fields Foundation claims that artificial turf is a safe surface. (www.cityfieldsfoundation.org)
However, there are other points of view. The purpose of this page is to give San Franciscans
the access to other points of view about this subject and also to let them know why other groups in San Francisco have
fought the installation of this type of sports development with artificial turf in their playgrounds.
The following are links to articles about the potential dangers
of artificial turf and the continuing controversy surrounding it.
"This site is a US-based worldwide forum dedicated to information regarding the environmental and health
risks associated with artificial turf fields."
"By providing a reliable body of information about environmental and health impact of artificial turf fields,
this site seeks to level the playing field of information about turf in favor of public interest."
"This site grew out of the need for a clearinghouse of information about the environmental and health aspects
of artificial turf, particularly about matters not readily available from promoters and sellers of artificial turf systems."
"High school soccer star dream of playing college soccer is blocked by cancer...His coach knows of
8 players he has personally worked with who now have cancer... they wonder if it could have something to do with the artificial
turf fields they play on..." KOMO news
"This winter, the Angels exchanged one aging slugger with broken-down knees caused by too many seasons
playing on artificial turf in a foreign country (Montreal, Canada) for another aging slugger with broken-down knees
caused by too many seasons playing on artificial turf in a foreign country (Tokyo, Japan)....."
Oakland, CA- The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) announced today that independent testing has found high levels of
lead in varieties of artificial turf from ten more companies.
*The testing found that the lead level in one turf sample, produced by
the nation’s leading installer of sports fields, Field Turf, was more 150 times higher than federal child safe lead
standards that will ultimately come into effect as a result recent Congressional action to ban lead in products for children.
The neighbors of Rossi Park were very concerned about the imposition of an artificial turf field into
their neighborhood park.