Science Inventory

Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds: Status Report

Citation:

Thomas, K. Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds: Status Report. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-16/364, 2016.

Impact/Purpose:

This status report provides a summary of activities to date, including: (1) stakeholder outreach, (2) the tire crumb rubber manufacturing industry, (3) the final peer-reviewed Literature Review/Gaps Analysis (LRGA), (4) progress on the research activities, and (5) next steps and a timeline for completion of the final report. The status report does not include research findings.

Description:

Over the past several years, parents, athletes, schools, and communities have raised concerns about the safety of recycled tire crumb rubber used as infill for playing fields and playgrounds in the United States. The public has expressed concerns that the use of these fields could potentially be related to certain health effects. Studies to date have not shown an elevated health risk from playing on fields with tire crumb rubber, but these studies have limitations and do not comprehensively evaluate the concerns about health risks from exposure to tire crumb rubber.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/REPORT)
Product Published Date: 12/30/2016
Record Last Revised: 01/30/2017
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 335198

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LABORATORY

NERL-IMMEDIATE OFFICE

RESEARCH PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT & INTEGRATION STAFF