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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

More Lead Turf

Here's another article illustrating the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation's poor decision making process and disregard for the health of the general public:

Lead in turf shuts East Harlem field

By Frank Lombardi

Daily News City Hall Bureau

Monday, December 22nd 2008, 7:25 PM

An East Harlem soccer field has been closed after elevated lead levels were detected in the synthetic turf installed five years ago, park officials said Monday.

The exact cause of the lead contamination at Thomas Jefferson Park, at First Ave. and E. 113th St., is not known, according to Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe.

But Geoffrey Croft, a park advocate and frequent critic, blamed the lead contamination on the city's use of a type of synthetic turf that includes a cushion of pulverized tires, known as crumb-rubber infill.

The field was fenced in and closed Wednesday, although a running track around it remains open. The field will be reopened when the turf is removed and replaced.

"Health effects from previous exposures are unlikely," said Assistant Commissioner Nancy Clark.

Park officials said they began testing Thomas Jefferson Park's fields after two similar fields were closed this year in Newark. Tests on five other fields with the same product came back negative.

Here's the original article.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Meeting Date

The next meeting of the Highland Park-Ridgewood Reservoir Alliance will be held on Friday, Jan 9th at 7PM at the Ridgewood Democratic Club.

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