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Chartiers Valley school board opts against artificial turf linked to cancer

| Saturday, May 28, 2016, 5:48 p.m.

Chartiers Valley school board decided against installing artificial turf that has been linked to cancer.

Instead, the new surface includes EDPM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) rubber infill mix.

Kara Droney, director of communications, said parents voiced concerns, which led district officials to consider the use of EDPM.

In February, board members viewed an ESPN video called “The Turf War: Synthetic Turf Safe to Play On?”

The video focused on soccer players, specifically goalies, who played on synthetic turf and developed cancer. Crumb rubber was the infill material used for the playing surfaces in question. Crumb rubber is popular for most playing surfaces.

The turf will cost $389,400. District officials anticipated the price to be around $400,000.

The current playing surface is 12 years old and came from ATurf of Lancaster, which also will install the new surface. Most artificial surfaces last between eight and 10 years.

According to the Synthetic Turf Council, EDPM is a polymer elastomer with high resistance to abrasion and wear, and is durable in all types of climates.

Installation will take place this summer but a start date has not been set.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5805 or jspezialetti@tribweb.com.

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