For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has endorsed the recycling of ground-up tires to cushion the surfaces of children's playgrounds and sports fields — the same material used for the Obama family's new White House playground.
Now, the agency appears to be having second thoughts.
Three articles point out the concerns:
Legal Briefs: EPA Reconsidering Safety of Ground-Up-Tires as Playground Surfaces
Common Dreams.org: Safety of Shredded Tires in Playgrounds Under Question
News Report: Government studies playground safety
The EPA scientists cited gaps in scientific evidence, despite other reviews showing little or no health concern. They urged their superiors to conduct a broad health study to inform parents on kids' safety.
Results from the agency's limited study, which began last year, are expected within weeks.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Safety of ground up tires as playground surfacing questioned