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Help with action in MD NOW:   you may want to use or share the Sierra Club action alert at Protect Kids and the Environment.

If your organization wants to join with SHPFC and the Sierra Club MD  in a letter to leaders, email signon@mdsierra.org.

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 DCHere are some good basic background documents: Background Information on Synthetic Turf.

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

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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.