EPA limited study shows low pollution levels from crumb rubber fields

ERJ staff report (TB)

Washington DC — Crumb rubber from recycled tyres used as surfacing for athletic fields and playgrounds contribute little to air and ground pollution, according to a limited study performed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Though widely praised for providing soft yet durable surfacing for children at play and athletes, crumb rubber has come under criticism from some environmental circles as a potential source of hazardous particulates, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and heavy metals, as well a possible vector for heat buildup…

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