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Is the Turf Tide Turning?

Five years ago, PEER was one of the few groups involved in advocating against the use of artificial turf.   

Now, while the use of turf proliferates throughout the United States, more public employees and community groups are turning to PEER. Communities have growing concerns about the efforts by state and local officials to push the use of this toxic, plastic grass on playing fields, playgrounds, parks, and backyards. 

That is why we dedicated the lead article in our most recent edition of PEEReview to explaining the dangers of artificial turf.  Artificial turf is bad for human health, the environment, and climate change, and it is peddled by an industry that lies and misleads consumers about the cost and dangers of its product.  

We hope you will use it as a resource to learn more about this important issue and to share our most recent edition of PEEReview with a friend. Fighting for sensible climate policies, protecting healthy ecosystems, and improving public health must include saying no to replacing natural grasses with plastic surfaces. 

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