2 Investigators: Indoor Soccer Field Turf Concerns Parents

2 Investigators: Indoor Soccer Field Turf Concerns Parents


TONIGHT, A TO INVESTIGATION LOOKS INTO A SOCCER FIELD THE DENIAL. PARENTS ARE REFUSING TO ALLOW THE KIDS TO PLAY THERE. BRAD EDWARDS REPORTS THAT THE FIELD IS A HEALTH HAZARD BECAUSE OF WHAT IT IS MADE OF. THIS IS THE SPORTS AND RECREATION CENTER. NAMED AFTER RIBBON CUTTER JOLO VERDE. THE FORMER HEAD OF THE PARK DISTRICT PAID — MADE A PROMISE TO LESLIE AND BILLINGS IN OCTOBER 2016. YOU ARE A SOCCER MOM. A YEAR BEFORE THE COMPLEX OPEN SHE EMAILED HIM AND OTHER OFFICIALS TO ASK THEM TO CONSIDER USING AN ALTERNATIVE. IT IS BITS OF RETYPE — RECYCLE TIRES THAT PUT THESE CONTAIN POTENTIAL CANCER CARD THING MATERIALS. WHAT DID HE SAY? NO RUBBER BASE COMPONENT TO BE USED. SEE IT RIGHT THERE. BUT THE DISTRICT AT THE COST OF $131,000 IN STORED A CHROME RUBBER FIELD ANYWAY. THESE CHEMICALS ARE HARMFUL TO HUMAN HEALTH. NO QUESTION. SO THE CONCERN IS THE PLAYERS IN THE FIELD ARE GOING TO BREATHE IN THOSE FUMES. DOCTORS ARE SURPRISED. I’M SURPRISED THAT SOMEONE WOULD PUT THIS ON IN AN INDOOR FIELD. IN A PHONE INTERVIEW THEY SAY IT WAS MY OPINION THEN AND NOW NOT TO USE IT. BUT, IT IS THE BOARDS A FINAL OPINION. THE CURRENT HEAD OF THE PARK DISTRICT REFUSED ON CAMERA COMMENT. BUT SAYS THAT THE BOARD WAS CONVINCED OF RUBBERS SAFETY AFTER HEARING THIS PRESENTATION. MADE BY THE VERY COMPANY THAT INSTALLED THE FIELD. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, EPA, IS INVESTIGATING FIELD SAFETY. THE STATE OF ILLINOIS PASSED A RESOLUTION URGING LOCATIONS TO PROVIDE PROPER NOTIFICATION THE PARENT ABOUT POSSIBLE CHEMICAL EXPOSURE. WE FOUND NO SUCH POSTINGS. WHAT DID YOU THINK? I WAS DISAPPOINTED. WHEN YOU HAVE A PRODUCT LIKE THIS YOU DON’T TAKE A BUNCH OF IT AND DUMP IT IN YOUR FACILITY AND THEN INVITE PARENTS WITHOUT NOTIFYING THEM OF THE POTENTIAL SAFETY HAVE THERE. IN THE END, YOU DON’T ALLOW THEM TO PLAN A FIELD? I DO NOT. EMAC AND SHE IS NOT ALONE. WE TALKED TO MANY OTHER PARENTS IS THAT THE SAME. THE PARK BOARD PRESIDENT SAID IN AN EMAIL THAT THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF THE CHILDREN AND ATHLETES TO USE THEIR FIELD IS THEIR TOP PRIORITY. THEY EXPECT TO MEET AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO DISCUSS THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION WHAT IT COULD BE, HE DID NOT SAY. SO THEY TAKE THE WORD OF THE COMPANY WHO IS GIVING THE PROPOSAL, DID THEY HAVE ANY POLICY OR PROTOCOL FOR LOOKING AT THEIR PARTIES TO GIVE MORE INFORMATION? IT DOES NOT APPEAR AS IF THERE WAS ANY OUTSIDE INPUT. JUST THAT THEY AGREED WITH PUTTING THE FIELD AND AFTER HEARING FROM THE VERY COMPANY WHO WAS GOING TO INSTALL IT. AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AN INDOOR FACILITY BUT THE JURY IS STILL OUT ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND — ISSUES ON AN OUTDOOR ONE. THE JURY IS STILL OUT IN GENERAL. THE MAIN CONCERN, IS WITH INDOOR FIELD AND CHROME RUBBER BECAUSE THERE IS NO VENTILATION.