EPA never tested playground material’s safety

Andrew Schneider reports on a investigation by the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility that found the EPA, in response to an Freedom of Information request, admitted that it “has not conducted research to evaluate children’s ‘health effects’ from tire crumb constituents,” despite their use in playgrounds and athletic fields across the country.

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On his blog Cold Truth,

Schneider reports that “benzene, arsenic, cadmium, formaldehyde, lead, chromium and scores of other toxic material” is found in most waste rubber, and that long-term exposure could be harmful for children and athletes.

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