Samuel King, Fox 9, February 27, 2017
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Efforts to remove waste tire materials from playgrounds and fields in Minneapolis are gaining momentum. Parents say excessive exposure to the rubber could be toxic for their children.
The material was originally thought to be safe for use, but over time skepticism grew. While government agencies are not ordering the removal of the material from playgrounds, they are studying any potential health impacts. Those results are expected by 2019.
“I spent 15 years in the recycling industry and nothing about using recycled tires for playground material makes sense to me,” said Dianna Kennedy, a parent with the citizen group Play it Safe Minneapolis. “We know tires are toxic, and we know kids are getting exposed to it by being on the playgrounds.”