Philadelphia Inquirer

Ban turf fields in Philadelphia parks

by Philadelphia Inquirer | March 21, 2024
It’s never a good sign when a former Environmental Protection Agency official says the city was “bamboozled.” But that was how Kyla Bennett reacted when she learned Philadelphia officials were told that an artificial turf playing surface — the centerpiece of a $7.5 million ...

Eight takeaways from The Inquirer’s yearlong investigation into ‘forever chemicals’

by Philadelphia Inquirer | March 12, 2024
Sprinturf, the turf’s manufacturer, had assured the city that the field was PFAS-free, and shared a lab report to support its claim. The newspaper asked three PFAS experts to independently review the report. Each said the results were misleading and inadequate, and that the field likely ...

City officials believed a new South Philly turf field was PFAS-free. Not true, experts say.

by Philadelphia Inquirer | February 23, 2024
A new artificial turf playing field, the centerpiece of a $7.5 million upgrade of South Philadelphia’s Lawrence E. Murphy Recreation Center, is supposed to be free of PFAS, the chemicals that the EPA has linked to cancer, asthma, and a range of other health problems. Sprinturf, the turf ...

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 $ ...
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