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The School Synthetic-Turf WarsThe Atlantic, October 12, 2017.

Green groups head for court over sports pitch crumb rubber pollutionDutch News, September 21, 2017.

Artificial pitches: Europe to consider ban after cancer fear, Sunday Post, July 31, 2017.

Grand jury calls for pause on fake turf at schools, The Daily Journal, July 11, 2017.

Is Artificial Turf Toxic?, Good Sports, March 6, 2017.

Soccer players' cancers ignite debate over turf safety, CNN, January 27, 2017.

English Schools Foundation closes sports pitches at five schools for 'chemical safety testing', South China Morning Post, December 7, 2016.

Health concerns over tire-filled turf have some parks, schools seeking substitute, The Chicago Tribune, April 14, 2016.

Worries Mount Over Potential Link Between Artificial Turf and Cancer, The Huffington Post, April 14, 2016.

Petition Seeks Moratorium on Turf Field Crumb Rubber Infill in Greenwich,, April 14, 2016.

Public Playground Safety HandbookUS Consumer Product Safety Commission, December 29, 2015

The Turf War Trailer, E:60, November 3, 2015.

Cancer in the Turf? 'Black Dots' Getting Scrutiny,, October 29, 2015.

Do These Local Athletic Fields Cause Cancer,, October 23, 2015.

Study on Rubber Mulch Found on Duluth School Playgrounds Released,, October 21, 2015.

New Analysis Finds Cancerous Material in Artificial Turf Used at UM, Missoulian, September 23, 2015.

Investigation into cancers linked to artificial turf, Fox23, July 20, 2015.

New Study Shows Kids Exposed to Toxic Chemicals on Artificial Turf,, June 30, 2015.

Playground Surfaces May Put Kids At Risk, WBZ-TV, June 11, 2015.

Questioning the Safety of Synthetic Turf, NECN, May 12, 2015.

Medway: Health board vote on signs regarding turf fields, Milford Daily News, March 24, 2015.

I-Team: Health Concerns Raised Over Artificial Turf Fields, CBS Boston Local News, March 18, 2015.

Critics say EPA played dual role in recycled tire controversy, San Francisco Chronicle, February 21, 2015.

Councilmember Berliner Applauds Council "Turning The Page" On Artificial Turf (Video). Montgomery Community Media, February 10, 2015.

Bill looks to ban 'crumb rubber' turf discontinued by LAUSD. LA School Report, January 6, 2015.

Safety Alert No. 14-06: Safety of Artificial Turf Fields. Office of Environmental Health & Safety, December 2014.

How Safe Is the Artificial Turf Your Child Plays On?, NBC News, October 8, 2014.

How Taxpayers Get Fooled On The Cost Of An Artificial Turf Field, Forbes, September 28, 2014.

Soccer coach: Could artificial turf be causing cancer?,, May 19, 2014.

City Tightens Rules on Artificial Turf. The New York Times, June 3, 2010.

Synthetic turf fields kicking up safety concerns. Associated Press, May 18, 2009.

City yields ground on crumb rubber in turf wars. New York Daily News, February 10, 2009.

In fake grass, some see real threat. Boston Globe, January 19, 2009.

DEP says study of artificial fields now set to assess health and environmental impact of crumb rubber. CT Dept. of Environmental Protection, January 2, 2009.

City shuts field over lead concern. The New York Times, December 24, 2008.

Federal agencies at odds over artificial turf recommendations., September 5, 2008

Artificial turf makers tout safety report; House member skeptical. USA Today, July 30, 2008

Artificial turf fields closed pending further testing. USA Today, July 24, 2008.

Artificial turf generating real debate about health risks. The Vancouver Sun, July 19, 2008.

Parks' fake grass can reach a scorching 162 degrees. New York Daily News, July 5, 2008.

Officials address concern over turf. Fall River Herald News, July 2, 2008.

Senator calls for action on turf fields. USA Today, June 26, 2008.

The CDC issues a public health alert on lead in artificial turf., June 19, 2008

CDC recommends lead testing on some turf fields. Associated Press, June 20, 2008.

San Francisco debating artificial turf on playgrounds. San Francisco Chronicle, June 18, 2008.

Just how green is faux grass? The Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2008.

Synthetic fields of play spur turf war. Chicago Tribune, May 28, 2008.

Worry on athletic turf prompts some digging. The New York Times, April 27, 2008


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