Jennifer Beals and actress Laura Dern spoke out Wednesday 27th in favor of legislation by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, for a roughly $6 million analysis of the fields that use ground-up automobile tires, or crumb rubber, and have been identified as containing arsenic, lead, mercury and other toxic materials.
The bill’s goal is to provide a comprehensive study of potential links between frequent use of the synthetic fields and adverse health conditions, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other forms of cancer. Hill cited the example of soccer goalies who cause a spray of rubber pellets every time they hit the ground.
Both Jennifer and Laura said they’ve noticed increased rates of asthma among their children’s friends. Laura said her 13-year-old son has developed skin rashes after playing on the fields.
Jennifer said : “Tires in many states are considered hazardous waste and must be properly disposed of. But somehow, magically, when they’re crumpled up, they can be put on a children’s playfield and they can play on it? That seemed like a big disconnect to me. We don’t need to use the tire crumbs and it’s not really recycled, it’s repurposed.
And it’s clear that what’s good for a tire, is not good for children. So it’s an inappropriate repurposing.
We need to protect our children’s health, and their health comes before anybody’s pocketbook. It puts parents at odds with the schools’ administration that are often looking at their bottom line or looking at issues of precedence. It’s an unnecessary battle that’s easily fixable”.
Sen. Jerry Hill is also getting support from Sheryl Crow, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and Courteney Cox as his efforts to deter the use of controversial recycled tires on increasingly popular artificial turfs faces a critical vote in the Senate Thursday, May 28.