Recycled tires a playground hazard?

tires-on-playgroundsAdd this to your list of health concerns: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is having second thoughts about letting kids play on ground-up tires at playgrounds, according to this Associated Press article.

EPA scientists are worried they don’t have enough information about potential health risks from chemicals in the rubber. Here’s a quote from the article: “Communities from New Jersey to Oregon have raised concerns about children touching, swallowing or inhaling lead, metals and chemicals such as benzene, zinc and breathable particles from synthetic fields and play yards.”

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