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LEAD FOUND IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PLAYGROUND IN WASHINGTON, DC

High concentrations of lead have been found at Janney Elementary School.  Multiple samples from a rubberized poured in place (PIP) playground at Janney Elementary School tested positive for high concentrations of lead. These elevated lead levels should result in the immediate closure of the Janney PIP. 

This same PIP material is present in playgrounds throughout the District.  It is possible that some or all of these other locations also have dangerously high lead levels that put our city’s children at risk.

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INTRODUCTION TO SYNTHETIC PLAY FIELD PROBLEMS

By the end of 2018 at least 100 million pounds of plastic and tire waste will have entered air water and landfills from disposal of synthetic turf fields. An equivalent amount of petroleum-based plastic will be used to create new fields. Children face unique risks from toxins, heat, hardness and abrasions playing on plastic fields (with any kind of infill) or playgrounds made from tires. Injury is one major risk - read United States women's soccer team Sydney Leroux account Why Turf is Terrible for Soccer Players.

For a good overview about the health hazards see: National Center for Health Research Letter to DC

If you want to do some more research or want more information please see Environment and Human Health, Inc. and www.synturf.org.

Synthetic Turf Fields are Failing - concrete photographic evidence showing how synthetic turf fields degrade over time


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The precautionary principle:

"When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. In this context the proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof. The process of applying the precautionary principle must be open, informed and democratic and must include potentially affected parties. It must also involve an examination of the full range of alternatives, including no action."  

-  Wingspread Statement on the Precautionary Principle, January 1998.