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Artificial turf has parents and coaches of cancer-stricken athletes concerned

by Philadelphia Inquirer | February 20, 2024
Across the United States, parents, youth coaches, and medical experts worry that a melange of dangerous chemicals, lurking unseen in an estimated 13,000 artificial turf fields, has made youth athletes sick. In November, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) reported ...

‘Forever Fields’: How Pennsylvania became a dumping ground for discarded artificial turf

by Philadelphia Inquirer | December 13, 2023
Money doesn’t come easily to farmland owners in the tranquil, rolling hills of Pennsylvania. So at first, Jim Halkias thought he’d hit the jackpot. A real estate broker had approached him in late 2018, and explained that a Denmark-based recycling company called Re-Match wanted to pay $ ...

Why worries about forever chemicals and injuries might push the NFL to ditch artificial turf

by Philadelphia Inquirer | September 19, 2023
Kyla Bennett, a former official with the EPA, is a science policy director for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), and one of the nation’s top experts on PFAS. If the NFL were to decide to rid its stadiums of artificial turf, it “would be a game changer,” ...

We answered readers’ most-asked questions about PFAS, brain cancer, and the Inquirer’s investigation into old Vet turf

by Philadelphia Inquirer | March 14, 2023
The Inquirer hosted a Reddit AMA (”Ask Me Anything”) on Tuesday in collaboration with the r/baseball subreddit, answering readers’ most-asked questions about the story. Inquirer reporters Barbara Laker and David Gambacorta were joined by Kyla Bennett, science policy director for ...

We answered readers’ most-asked questions about PFAS, brain cancer, and the Inquirer’s investigation into old Vet turf

The samples, purchased through eBay and tested by two different labs, had at least 16 different types of the chemicals, which the EPA has said cause “adverse health effects that can devastate families.” The finding was part of a larger investigation by The Inquirer that followed the ...
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