Toxic Football Fields

POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 5:50pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:22pm

Serious questions are being raised about the artificial turf on some Texas football fields. The fields in question use a turf called astro-play. Lab tests show astro-play may contain unsafe levels of lead.

Ratliff stadium in Odessa is one of two fields in Texas that far exceeds EPA lead standards.Franklin high school recently played on the Ratliff field during the recent football playoffs.

Across the country schools have closed fields with turf showing far lower levels of lead than the field at Ratliff stadium.

Newschannel 9 has learned astro-play turf is used at the Sun Bowl. UTEP Athletic administrators say they didn't know about the concerns over astro-play and said they will check into it.

All ten high schools in the El Paso School District are getting new fields over the next few years. We have learned all of the fields are being outfitted with astro-turf, not astro-play.

The turf supplier says there's nothing to worry about.

The high lead levels at other football fields were found in a secondary layer of the nylon fiber, not at the top.

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