AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce The EPA is in the process of banning PFAS, forever chemicals. Boston is banning Astro turf made with PFAS. Some counties like the look and forget the harm artificial turf presents to people. Why expose adults and children to a product linked to cancer? Use natural grass or cork. Besides, Astro turf raises the ground temperatures making playing uncomfortable. The NFL has already banned this product and others are following. Why continue to debate installation, when dealing with a known toxic product?

Some companies have begun using cork as infill, but industry has said the grass blades and backing cannot be made without PFAS.

PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a class of about 12,000 chemicals often used to make products resist water, stain and heat. They are called “forever chemicals” because they don’t naturally break down, and are linked to cancer, liver problems, thyroid issues, birth defects, kidney disease, decreased immunity and other serious health problems.

PFAS can be absorbed through the skin, inhaled, ingested or get in open wounds as they break off from the plastic blades, and children are considered more vulnerable to exposure because they are smaller and their bodies are still developing.

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