VA school, county leaders consider artificial turf alternatives

County and school leaders have agreed to look into the potential health risks the rubber on artificial turf fields may cause athletes and consider safer alternatives.

The crumbs of recycled tires that fill most of the synthetic grass fields in Loudoun County contain chemicals and concerns raised by recent news reports are worth following up on, according to Loudoun County Health Department Director Dr. David Goodfriend.

“Both as the director of the health department and father of two daughters who play sports on fields with crumb rubber, it’s important to me to know what the risks are,” he told the Joint Board of Supervisors/School Board Committee.

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