Lead temporarily closed the turf football field at TCNJ.
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A federal commission said artificial turf fields are safe despite the presence of lead, but a New Jersey agency remains “concerned.”
A June 30 report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that lead in the fields poses no risk to kids. But state health department officials are still “concerned about cumulative lead exposures to children… and whether lead from artificial turf, particularly at older, worn fields, adds to those exposures,” via the Bergen Record:
The health department’s recommendations remain unchanged that children under 7 should be restricted from fields with high lead levels and that athletes wash their clothing and bodies after using the turf. Lead can impair brain development in young children.
The apparent contradiction has left some school officials in North Jersey confused, says the Record.
Earlier: High lead levels found in artificial turf (Green Jersey)