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Update on the Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds (CalRecycle 2018)
Zambrana, J., K. Thomas, A. Guiseppi-Elie, E. Irvin-Barnwell, AND A. Ragin-Wilson. Update on the Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds (CalRecycle 2018). CalRecycle 2018 California Tire Conference, Sacramento, California, August 29 - 30, 2018.
Concerns have been raised by the public, both nationally and internationally, about the safety of recycled tire crumb rubber used in synthetic turf fields and playgrounds. Previous studies have not, in general, provided evidence of adverse health outcomes resulting from exposures to tire crumb rubber infill at synthetic turf fields. Most of the existing published studies were limited in scope and sample size and did not comprehensively evaluate all aspects of exposure associated with the many use scenarios. However, several recent research studies have been initiated to address these limitations. In 2016, US federal Agencies, specifically, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR), and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) launched the Federal Research Action Plan (FRAP) on Recycled Tire Crumb Rubber Used on Synthetic Turf Playing Fields and Playgrounds. CDC/ATSDR and EPA implemented a comprehensive tire crumb rubber characterization study and a pilot-scale exposure characterization study that included an exposure measurements sub-study. CPSC plans to use field observations, focus groups, and a national survey of parents and childcare providers to collect information on children’s behaviors on playgrounds to identify exposure factors.
The presentation will provide an update on the study, including the tire crumb characterization and pilot exposure assessment that are relevant for advancing our knowledge to address potential exposures to tire-derived materials on synthetic turf fields and playgrounds. The audience gathered for the 2018 California Tire Conference are various stakeholders involved or interested in waste tire management, tire-derived products and tire recycling in California.
Record Details:Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/SLIDE)
Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LABORATORY
NERL-OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR