Setting the Environmental Record Straight on Synthetic Turf Sports Fields



    
    Target Technologies International Fights for the Industry
    

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 23 /CNW/ -- The following message is
being issued by John B. Giraud of Target Technologies International Inc.:

    I have been involved in the synthetic turf industry for 29 years and I
have been a witness to its evolution. Target Technologies International Inc.
(TTII) is in receipt of a document entitled "Rochesterians against the Misuse
of Pesticides (RAMP)."
    
    (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070423/SFM020LOGO )
    
    I find the documentation slanted to an environmentalist thinking. First
of all the majority of the report stems from the Norwegian Building Research
Institute for leachates for the country of Norway; I don't see any reference
to US Federal or State laws when it comes to the values of leachates. I would
suggest you have the individual (s) formerly submit independent lab results
that prove that crumb rubber exceeds leachate values.
    The synthetic sportsfield is a system. What is a system related to
leachates? The construction of a synthetic field is a filtration system.
Normally most fields have specific drainage systems to move the water from the
field:  the sub base of the field is a layer of different aggregates while the
synthetic grass and the infield all act as a filtration system. By the time
the water moves a certain distance there will be little to no contamination.
    When it comes to safety I see no value in their statements. I do agree
children can bring in crumb rubber from their soles of their shoes into the
house but they can also bring fertilizers from their shoes. I would suspect
one can breath the harmful contaminates of fertilizers much easier than one
can breath a 10-20 mesh crumb rubber particulate.
    The writer suggests when it comes to the concern of silica sand - is the
player really being exposed to silica? The sizing of the silica sand normally
used for infields is a 20-40 mesh which is impossible to breathe in. TTII has
very strict specifications on the silica; the silica particle must not be
agglomerated or crushed in the processing.  When it comes to silica dust the
silica provided from TTII is double washed, dried and screened to a very
specific size. I would suggest any environmentalist that is concerned with
silica dust not go to the beach; there is more silica dust exposure to humans
at the local beach than you will ever find on any synthetic sports field.
Obviously, proper protective clothing (such as approved air-filtration masks
and safety glasses) should always be worn during field installs and
renovations.  Construction site safety and local regulations should never be
compromised.
    In this writer's opinion, synthetic sportsfield systems offer a much
safer and ecological environment. We are not contaminating our ground water
with fertilizers, pesticides, & operating equipment that spits toxic fumes
applying fertilizers and pesticides weekly.  Also, we aren't wasting a valued
resource such as water on a daily basis.
    When we examine a synthetic sportsfield vs natural grass fields, injuries
are more prevalent with natural grass. With a natural grass field we face
greater imperfections with elevations on the field as slight as they maybe.
Ball players can twist and sprain their ankles due to these imperfections.
There are also fields which we call all weather fields which are basically
crushed sand or natural sand particles that are extremely dangerous when one
falls on. At least with synthetic sportsfields there is a cushion that
supports fewer injuries to the athlete.
    When it comes to nasty infections we now have introduced an
anti-microbial product called TurfAide. This product has now been introduced
to the synthetic sportsfield industry, and has a life span for the duration of
the field (which normally is 8-10 years.) Once the product has been applied
there is no leaching and contamination to the soil. This product has proven
that it supports the prevention of harmful bacteria's attacking the athlete.
This product is one of a kind and is not a silver based.
    Our company has also recently introduced an environmental solution for
the disposal of the synthetic turf fields, once they have gone through their
life span. The disposal system is called STDF (Synthetic Turf Derivative Fuel)
our company now has in place four cement factories that utilize not only the
old synthetic carpet but also the infield materials such as crumb rubber for
fuel. We now are saving the environment by not using fossil fuels which is
creating global warming. The temperature of kilns exceeds 3800 degrees F which
eliminates any toxic gases. This system has been approved by The Federal
Environmental Protection Agency.  Please visit our website, www.ttiionline.com
for further information.
    The disposal of tires in landfills is incorrect. There are many landfills
that do accept tires but they are regulated by government agencies. The cement
plants universally take in tires for fuel; they call this Tire Derivative
fuel.
    FIFA, one of the largest non profit organizations in the world came forth
on July 12, 2006 and has made it clear that synthetic sports systems are
environmentally friendly.  I would suspect the problem with crumb rubber is
the sizing of the product -- too many fines and too much fiber, which lends
itself to environmental problems.  Our company has taken the position to
supply clean, well graded crumb rubber that meets and exceeds normal industry
standards.  There is a lot of crumb rubber that is being supplied in the
industry which is sub-standard. TTII has taken great care evaluating suppliers
that are capable of supplying good clean product.
    TTII would suggest to any individual that speaks poorly of synthetic turf
vs natural grass and ask if they drive a car or ride a bus -- and if they do
then I would suggest they consider a different mode of transportation. At the
same time if these environmentalists wear a running shoe or any shoe that is
made of rubber ultimately they are thrown in the trash; what then? Under these
circumstances - by the writers thinking, they are a hypocrite to the
environment. They should practice what they preach.

    
    John B. Giraud
    Managing Director

    Target Technologies International Inc.
    
    A member of the Target Group of Companies, Target Technologies
International is a leading supplier of environmentally friendly products and
logistics solutions to the rubber mulch & synthetic sports turf industries.
For more information, visit www.ttiionline.com or contact John Giraud at
888-887-7373 or 604-421-3620.





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For further information: John Giraud, 1-888-887-7373, +1-604-421-3620
Web Site: http://www.ttiionline.com/

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