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The Philadelphia Inquirer has published an editorial calling for the city to reconsider the use of artificial turf in parks due to evidence linking it to cancer and other health concerns. Independent experts have found that claims of artificial turf being free of toxic PFAS are flawed due to testing methods, raising concerns about its safety and potential health risks.

Cities across the US are taking action against artificial turf fields due to their potential health risks and environmental impact. The Inquirer’s Editorial Board believes that Philadelphia should join other cities in banning artificial turf, especially due to the disproportionate risks to children and marginalized communities.

A key quote from the article mentions that detection limits for PFAS were too high, making it difficult to detect their presence. While the industry argues that artificial turf is safe based on studies that found no significant health risks, critics are calling for more comprehensive and long-term research to fully understand the implications.

When entities choose to install artificial turf fields, they often don’t consider the endgame of disposing of tons of hazardous waste. This raises concerns about the long-term environmental implications of using artificial turf, as well as the potential for exposure to harmful chemicals for future generations.

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