Trustee Election
These are the original issues in this subcategory
  • STADIUM SECURITY
  • HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
  • SPORTS GAMBLING
  • SYNTHETIC TURF
Winning Issue » SYNTHETIC TURF


In 1966, the first artificial turf field was constructed by placing synthetic “grass” on top of concrete slabs. Athletes complained this thin, hard surface caused serious injuries. Since then, synthetic turf has improved and evolved into its present state. Most athletic fields now contain styrene butadiene rubber, or “crumb rubber,” -tiny black crumbs made from ground-up car tires spread in between the plastic blades of fake grass. These “black dots” give the field more cushion and help prevent injury. We now have more than 11,000 synthetic sport fields in use, most contain crumb rubber, and many of these fields are used for children’s soccer activities. Crumb rubber infill is also used in playgrounds and gardens. Some college soccer coaches have recently noticed that an unusual number of their goalkeepers have contracted blood cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia. One coach compiled a list of 38 American soccer players diagnosed with cancer, and found that 34 were goalies. They say goalies experience the highest exposure to crumb rubber due to repeated dives and constant contact with the turf. The result is that a significant amount of these rubber particles contaminate cuts and scrapes, and get into eyes, noses and mouths. These coaches believe this is the reason their players are getting sick - most of whom have spent countless hours over many years practicing and playing on these kinds of fields. Furthermore, it is known that athletic fields are usually 10-20 degrees warmer than the ambient air temperature, causing carcinogens such as benzene, carbon black and lead to be released from crumb rubber and concentrating in the air above a field. Health problems caused by exposure to these chemicals and dusts have previously been documented in workers who manufacture tires. Some limited studies have shown crumb rubber is not a health problem, but most of these studies admit their findings are not conclusive and that more studies need to be done. Advocates say a comprehensive study of any potential health risks from crumb rubber is needed to assess its safety and continued use. The EPA has resisted this request saying that it is a matter which should be individually addressed by each state.


Pending Legislation: None





Options


  • I oppose reforming current synthetic turf policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support sponsoring a bill to require the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a comprehensive study of any potential health risks from sports fields containing crumb rubber, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support sponsoring a bill to require the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a comprehensive study of any potential health risks from sports fields containing crumb rubber, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting her to favorably consider sponsoring a bill to require the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a comprehensive study of any potential health risks from sports fields containing crumb rubber.

If elected as a trustee, the ACCO will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting it to advocate for the EPA to conduct a comprehensive study of any potential health risks from sports fields containing crumb rubber.

American Childhood Cancer Organization's (ACCO) mission is to address the needs of families through programs that emphasize information, advocacy, awareness, and research. ACCO began in 1970 by a group of parents whose children had been diagnosed with cancer. They came together to lobby for more research and to support each other through the diagnosis and treatment of this life threatening disease at a time when very few children survived. Today, ACCO is one of the largest grassroots, national organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with cancer and their families. We are strong advocates for our families in Washington D.C., we produce the highest quality materials on childhood cancer and we have over 40 local affiliate organizations across the country providing direct services to the families in their communities. ACCO states that as a grassroots leader in the childhood cancer community, its responsibility to speak for the needs of the families and survivors. Doing so, it helps shape policy, research and programs on the national level that affect the lives of families today and tomorrow.

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Trustee Election - Opening Date
June 4, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
June 10, 2020