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Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 09:56:44 -0400
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VERY VERY good point!!! So glad you have commented on this!!! I concur
Marc!!!

On Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 8:58 AM, Marc Veilleux <[log in to unmask]>
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> Hello all.
>
> I was looking at the RACE page on the RSU 26 site.  One of the things I
> noted in connection with this project is the intention to install
> artificial playing surfaces for the athletic fields.
>
> There has been a great deal of coverage in the media concerning the link
> between the rubber tire crumbs used as bedding in such fields and cancer.
> Simply search "artificial turf and cancer" or "astro turf and cancer" and
> you will get many interesting results, including columns and articles in
> the Washington Post, Forbes, and Environmental and Human Health.
>
> The articles often focus on a high incidence of cancer for soccer goalies,
> who are frequently rolling in these crumbs, but it seems that football
> players would have similar exposure.  Ground water impact is also of
> concern, naturally.
>
> Whatever you may think about the appropriate scope and projected cost of
> the RACE project, or its impact on adjacent residential properties, I think
> there is a *serious* need to evaluate the appropriateness of installing
> artificial surfaces.  High school years are important developmentally,
> and exposure to carcinogens at a young age is a major concern.
>
> Best,
>
> Marc Veilleux
> Orono
>
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