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Blumenthal, lawmakers push for investigation into artificial turf

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There is a renewed push for more research to look into artificial turf at schools and playgrounds.  (WFSB) There is a renewed push for more research to look into artificial turf at schools and playgrounds. (WFSB)
WETHERSFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Many Connecticut schools are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars transforming grass fields into artificial turf, but there is a push for more research into the health risks they may bring.

From grassy fields to synthetic turf, it's the way many high schools around the state are choosing to replace sports fields.

However, the decision is not sitting well with some Connecticut lawmakers.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and other lawmakers around the United States are calling for an in-depth look into what makes up the synthetic turf.

“Study after study, this crumb rubber has potentially dangerous even deadly chemicals, carcinogens," Blumenthal said.

Some doctors said the chemical can have an effect on young kids.

Blumenthal said very little is known about these surfaces, which are also in some playgrounds. There are also risks to health and safety.

In September, some Stratford High School football players were hurt after practicing on turf.

Temperatures were in the 90s. The turf got so hot that some players had blisters and burns on their hands

Experts said they're grateful the government is finally getting involved.

“This is the largest failure of our government in the last decades, never has the government failed a whole generation of children as badly as this," Nancy Alderman with the Environment of Human Health said.

“If you're a parent, do you want your child ingesting or swallowing material from scrap tires that you've driven on for thousands of miles,” Blumenthal said.

Wethersfield High School is just one of many schools in the state that have a synthetic field.

But health experts along with some state lawmakers said there hasn't been a study done to determine the health risks of these turfs and one needs to be done.

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