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Local Athletes Play On Turf That Could Cause Health Problems, Cancer

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A new report shows the turf your young athletes may play on could possibly lead to health issues. After speaking with many of our local school athletic programs NBC Right Now found that that same product that could be causing issues is used here. A new report shows the turf your young athletes may play on could possibly lead to health issues. After speaking with many of our local school athletic programs NBC Right Now found that that same product that could be causing issues is used here.
NBCRightNow.com - A new report shows the turf your young athletes may play on could possibly lead to health issues.

After speaking with many of our local school athletic programs NBC Right Now found that that same product that could be causing issues is used here.

It's the stuff that flies up when a player dives or skids on the field. It's actually ground-up tire rubber. The players that interact with it most are soccer goalies as they dive, sometimes ingesting the crumb rubber.

Most stadiums use the material including Edgar Brown, Lampson Stadium, Kennison Field in Hermiston and the newly renovated Zefal Stadium in Yakima.

"I know it's checked off and it's field tested to see what it has and how much shock absorption there is on the field and so generally we believe it to be safe and we know that Kennewick School District would do anything to keep our kids safe," explained Tim Wood, the Director of Boys & Girls Soccer for the Mid-Columbia Conference.

In a statement from the Pasco School District they say the safety of students is of utmost concern but they cite that there has been no study yet to link cancer to the material. The same is stated in the NBC report but even the Environmental Protection Agency has admitted more studies need to be performed.

Already the New York City Parks Department and the Los Angeles School System have put a halt on the installation of any new turf. 
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