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12 The Julian News EARTH TALK00o Questions &amp; Answers About Our Environment Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that playing on artificial turf fields can cause cancer? If so, how can I minimize exposure for my sports- loving kids? -- Melanie Witmer, Syracuse, NY Just when you thought it was safe to play soccer on that brand new synthetic turf field, it may be time to think again. Those little black dirt-like granules that fill up the space between sYnthetic blades of grass and make up some 90 percent of today's artificial turf fields are actually ground-up car and truck tires. As such they contain a host of potentially noxious chemicals that can lead to a wide range of health problems. Four of the constituent chemicals in these "tire crumbs" (or "tire mulch") as they are called--arsenic, benzene, cadmium and nickel--are deemed carcinogens by the International Agency for Cancer Research. Others have been linked 'to skin, eye and respiratory irritation, kidney and liver problems, allergic reactions, nervous systems disorders and developmental delays. While the risk came to light recently when a University of Washington women's soccer coach began to think it might be more than a coincidence that two of her goalies were stricken with cancer, researchers have known about such potential links for years. A 2007 report by the Connecticut-based Environment & Human Health Inc. (EHHI) looked at several scientific studies and found definitive connections between various health problems and exposure to synthetic turf. EHHI also reported ihat kids en playfields are likely to face similar risks as line workers in the rubber fabrication and reclamation industries, where they say health reports show Four of the constituent chemicals in the "tire crumbs" (ground up truck tires) used in artificial turf are deemed carcinogens by the International Agency for Cancer Research. Others have been linked to skin, eye and respiratory irritation, kidney and liver problems, allergic reactions, nervous system disorders and developmental delays. Credit: Tony Bernard, Flickr the presence of multiple volatile organic hydrocarbons and other toxic elements in the air. "Studies at tire reclamation sites report leaching of similar sets of chemicals into the ground water,,' says the group. The Synthetic Turf Council, an industry group, maintains that there is considerable evidence pointing to the health safety of synthetic turf. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) isn't taking sides, leaving it up to state and local jurisdictions to decide whether or not to allow artificial turf. The EPA would like to see more research done so parents everywhere can have a better idea of the risks involved. Of course, synthetic turf fields aren't all bad. For one, they don't need frequent watering (a grass playing field typically requires 50,000 gallons of water per week during growing season) and doesn't require the application of potentially toxic pesticides. Furthermore, turf is much more du?able and less costly to maintain than grass, and players suffer fewer injuries on it since it doesn't turn to slippery mud when wet. Do these pros outweigh the cons? Some schools don't think so and are turning back plans to convert their grass fields to turf. Where it is too late for that, parents should warn their little athletes to stay upright as much as possible--turf-related cancers seem to be most common in goalies who spend the most time down on the turf surface. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that those playing on synthetic turf avoid eating or drinking on the field where toxic dust can contaminate food and liquids, wash their hands and body aggressively with soap and water afterwards, and .remove clothes worn on the field and turn them inside out before washing them separately from other items. CONTACTS: International Agency for Cancer Research www.iarc, fr; EHHI, www.ehhL org; Synthetic Turf Council, www.; CDC, www. EarthTalk is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine (www. Send questions to: ExDlring Genealogy As The orn Falls by Sherry Wilson Lutes emaihgenealogyfirst@gmail, corn Harriet Beecher Stowe once said "The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone." Don't let this be your parting thought for a loved one. Be sure to use the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy prompts to tell your story. Free Family Tree Charts Family tree charts are a wonderful way to show off your family ancestors. There are some you can fill in on line or others that you can print out and then you fill in by hand. This could be a wonderful gift to give this holiday season. The best way to find them is to use Google. Next week - Nicknames If there is a subject you would like to know more about email me at 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy (Each week I will be giving you a prompt that will invite you to record memories and insights about your own life for future descendants (52 weeks of Personal Genealogy). Write down your memories on your computer, in your journal or start a new journal.) Week 42. Favorite School Subject. What was your favorite subject in school and why? Was it also your best subject? Last Week -Week 41. Teachers. Did you have a favorite teacher when you were growing up? What class(es) did this person teach and why did he/she make an impact on your life? Taken from "52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and Family History" by Amy Coffin. Amy's blog is located at http:#wetree, What Problem Would You Solve for Tomorrow? (NAPSA)--Students and '"  teachers in public schools are racing to solve problems that can exist in many communities across the country--such as water pollution and street safety--and they're doing it with $2 million on the line. The nationwide Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest is helping students engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through community-based learning--by taking topics out of traditional classroom settings and exploring, in a hands-on way, how they address issues that affect their lives. To enter, visit com/solve by October 31st. From the applicant pool, 255 state finalists will be selected, then 51 state winners (representing all 50 states and Washington, IMPORTANT NOTICE Calilonfia Business and Pr0tessi0ns Code Section 7027, el see. requires that any advertisement by a licensed contractor include the contractors license number Section 7027.2 says that unlicensed persons whose work quatiiies under the minor work exemption, tess than $300 including material and labor, may advertise, provided that he or she state in the advertisement that they are not licensed. The Calilernia Contractors State License Board publishes a free booklet, "What You Should Know Before Y0n Hire A Contractor," For tree inlnrmati0n call: 1-BO0-321-CSLB(2752), Students and teachers across the. country will tackle critical issues using science, technology, engineering and math to win prizes for their schools. 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