NYDEC probes safety of crumb-rubber turf fields

ALBANY, NY—A state agency is studying whether a substance used in 150 artificial turf fields in New York – including most of the high school synthetic fields in Central New York – is bad for the environment.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is examining the safety of the crumb rubber in-fill system used in some artificial turf fields and expects to have a completed report by the end of the year, DEC spokeswoman Lori O’Connell said.

Crumb rubber is made from recycled tires and helps provide cushioning for the athletes and students.

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