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Turf Industry Asks EPA for Final Decision

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In response to a status report released on Dec. 30 by the Environmental Protection Agency regarding progress made on the Federal Research Action Plan on artificial turf, the Safe Fields Alliance (SFA) and the Synthetic Turf Council (STC) made a joint statement on Tuesday urging the EPA to present their full findings as soon as possible.

 “The science is evident, and it is time for the EPA and other regulatory agencies to bring clarity to the situation,” read the statement, as published in Business Wire.

The SFA and STC agree that a concrete decision is needed from the EPA about the safety of playing on synthetic turf fields with rubber granulate in order to clear the air, ease consumers fears and secure jobs and businesses in the industry that are now in limbo.

The SFA and STC are certain that the research needed to make an informed decision is already available, with results published from numerous studies on the topic.  

The joint statement went on to say, “The industry is fully committed to transparency and safety, and has worked to collaborate with the EPA on this effort. In addition to our collaboration, the industry has simultaneously taken its own proactive steps by cooperating to ensure all synthetic turf and playground infills meet new ASTM toy standards for heavy metals.” 

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