Sample Letter Opposing PG 407-15 Prince George’s Board of Education – Public High Schools – Outdoor Synthetic Turf Fields

Received from Jon Robinson concerning proposed bill PG 407-15 Prince George’s Board of Education – Public High Schools – Outdoor Synthetic Turf Fields.

For details on the bill see https://www.princegeorgeshousedelegation.com/legislation/bill-history?local=PG%20407-15

Jim Rosapepe: jim.rosapepe@senate.state.md.us
Ben Barnes: ben.barnes@house.state.md.us
Barbara Frush: barbara.frush@house.state.md.us
Joseline Pena-Melnyk: joseline.pena.melnyk@house.state.md.us

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Dear Senator Rosapepe, Delegates Frush, Barnes, and Pene-Melnyk
I hope you will oppose and speak to other delegates about opposing PG 407-15. There are four principle reasons for opposing this bill.

* The materials used in artificial turf are known carcinogens and constitute a threat to the health of people who play on them.
* Artificial turf constitutes an impervious surface and produces toxic run off.
* The use of Program Open Space funds to pay for artificial turf is a corruption of the program whose original goal was to protect land from development. Program Open Space funds should be used to protect the natural areas we have left, not produce toxic coverings for children to play on.
* Well engineered natural turf fields can meet the recreational needs of schools and children in a more healthy, cost effective, environmentally sound way.

Here is a link to a Washington Post article that describes many of the issues associated artificial turf. I would also note, as mentioned in the article, both Los Angeles and New York City have suspended installing artificial turf fields.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2014/10/09/is-there-a-link-between-artificial-turf-and-cancer-in-soccer-goalies/

Please share with your colleagues.

Thanks,

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