Artificial grass in cancer scare

30th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — Playing football on artificial grass may be a cancer risk, it was reported on Wednesday.

30 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — Playing football on artificial grass may be a cancer risk, it was reported on Wednesday.

Testing ordered by Arnhem City Council revealed clouds of toxic gasses and particles above the new artificial grass field in the eastern Dutch city. This has led to concerns other fields are not safe either, newspaper 'De Telegraaf' said.

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has begun an in-depth investigation following the results from Arnhem. Earlier conclusions that artificial grass is safe will now have to be reviewed.

Based on the initial unsettling findings in Arnhem, the RIVM is advising that work on new fields be halted. The spreading of the gains on another field in Arnhem has already been postponed.

It is suspected the toxic substances (nitrosamines) come from the rubber grains used in artificial grass.

The RIVM is not advising at this stage that football teams should not play on artificial surfaces. Health risks would arise only after long-term exposure. There are more than 300 artificial grass fields in the Netherlands. The big advantage over ordinary grass is that teams can play all year round on the artificial surfaces.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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