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US playgrounds: fears grow over health risks from rubber particles

Thousands of playgrounds and sports fields around the country have been covered with crumb rubber from recycled tires, and some experts and lawmakers are concerned about possible health effects on children.  The material can contain heavy metals like lead and manganese, volatile organic compounds like toluene, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The chemicals are associated with cancer and other illnesses at certain levels of exposure.  But the federal government has yet to weigh in on whether the material might be bad for the young people playing on it, falling far behind schedule on an expected report.  Read more....



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