THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A European Union report published Tuesday concluded that there is “at most, a very low level of concern from exposure to recycled rubber granules” in artificial sports fields, allaying fears about risks posed by chemicals present in the rubber.
Based on current evidence, the Helsinki-based European Chemicals Agency said it “has found no reason to advise people against playing sports on synthetic turf containing recycled rubber granules.”
While there are hazardous substances in the granules, they are in low concentrations, the report said.
Late last year, Dutch researchers reached a similar conclusion, following an investigation triggered by fears over chemicals found in the rubber crumbs, which are usually made from old tires. The Netherlands’ National Institute for…