The three federal agencies (EPA, CDC, CPSC) evaluating safety of recycled tire crumb infill (TC) used in athletic fields and playgrounds issued a Dec. 30 status update that says research is ongoing.
The study was undertaken in response to growing health concern over the safety of TC which has been found to contain heavy metals, carbon, black, benzothiazole and other substances of potential concern.
Since research is ongoing, the status report does not include any preliminary findings, the update said. The results of the synthetic turf fields research will be available later in 2017.
Meanwhile, CPSC Chairman Elliott Kay said, “It is important for the public to know that we still have a lot of work ahead of us and have not yet been provided the funds by Congress to do it. As we transition to a new administration and a new Congress, it is critical that Congress fund the remaining work and that leaders at the participating agencies continue to prioritize these critical efforts. We have no greater purpose in this important endeavor than resolving the concerns weighing on so many families and protecting our children.”
The complete status report can be found at www.epa.gov/chemical-research/december-2016-status-report-federal-research-action-plan-recycled-tire-crumb-0.