“PFAS in synthetic turf should sound alarm bells for parents and for all municipalities with these fields,” said Kyla Bennett of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. “For the health of our children and communities, we urgently need to take a hard look at PFAS in synthetic turf.”
Artificial turf, installed in the Houston Astrodome in 1966, is used in 12,000 to 13,000 sports fields in our nation. Artificial turf is popular because it helps fields drain well when it rains so events like soccer games don’t need to be postponed. The industry earns $2.5 billion a year with businesses like Shaw Sports Turf, owned by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway.