The Council of State Governments (CSG) unanimously passed a resolution this past weekend at its annual meeting supporting the use of science-based evidence related to the issue of crumb rubber utilized in artificial turf athletic fields and playgrounds, and calling on the federal government to prioritize completion of the pending federal study on the matter.
The resolution offered by Minnesota State Senator Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) was designed to bring attention to the debate surrounding the use of crumb rubber and the unsubstantiated reports alleging a connection to cancer in young athletes.
With the full support of ISRI, Senator Miller presented his resolution before the CSG Energy & Environment Committee on December 15 with remarks highlighting the more than 90 peer-reviewed scientific studies demonstrating there is no increased health risk to athletes playing on artificial turf. Miller noted that as a parent and legislator, this subject is very relevant to him and it was imperative that the federal government complete its study so that fellow state and local lawmakers can carefully review the science and consider the facts before jumping to any conclusions that might prevent children from benefitting from recycled rubber fields and playgrounds. The CSG committee unanimously approved the resolution following brief discussion on the issue and was endorsed by the CSG Executive Committee. It will remain in effect for three years at which time it will sunset.
ISRI wishes to thank Senator Miller for taking the time and effort to raise awareness of this issue among his state legislative colleagues at CSG and for presenting the resolution over the weekend. For more information, contact Danielle Waterfield.