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Rubber Manufacturer Association Asks for Correction of Misleading Info on Turf Producers International Website

UPDATE FROM ASGi – RE: Crumb Rubber Infill

In 2004 – Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) sent a letter to the EPA asking them to investigate the potential HAZARDS of crumb rubber used as an infill material with synthetic turf on sports fields, installed at schools and parks.

They also commissioned a professional review of all available materials on the subject (in 2004) by the Adelphi Group, Dr. Joseph Sullivan, to review the possible harm recycled crumb rubber might cause.

Though Dr. Sullivan’s report came back with a general summary of “No Trouble Found” – TPI continues, to this day, to allude to the “potential hazards” of the use of crumb rubber, characterizing synthetic turf solutions using this material as harmful to the environment and to the players using the field.

Joining the bandwagon are many community grass-roots movements, and others such as “POP” or Protect Our Parks – you can find more details by searching keywords (crumb rubber infill, hazards) either in the public pages of ASGi or within our archive library iNSiDE ASGi, after logging into your ASGi General or Building/Installer membership.

Here’s a recent news event of interest …

2009 Turfgrass Letter

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2009 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association has sent a letter to Turfgrass Producers International urging the group to correct a number of inaccuracies it posted on its web site concerning the use of crumb rubber in artificial turf applications.

“Your web site also raises many health concerns about scrap tire generated ground rubber. You may not be aware of numerous scientific reports and studies that have examined such concerns and have concluded that scrap tire generated ground rubber poses no threat to human health.,” explained Michael Blumenthal, vice president.

RMA has offered to provide the group with information so that consumers are not misled to the belief that scrap tire derived products pose any consumer health risk. RMA will monitor the group’s site.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846

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