Recommendations to parents and students who are in schools where there are synthetic turf fields.

Contact Information:  Nancy Alderman, President, Environment and Human Health, Inc. 203-248-6582

December 11, 2014 - North Haven, Connecticut


Environment and Human Health, Inc., a group of 10  physicians and public health professionals, sends this advisory.

  • Because most synthetic turf fields contain ground up rubber tires that contain a myriad of toxic chemicals;
  • Because there have now been reported over 90 cancer cases among students who have played on synthetic turf fields;
  • Because most of the cancers reported are lymphomas.

Environment and Human Health, Inc. is recommending the following:


1. Children and students should be discouraged from playing on synthetic turf fields that contain ground-up rubber tire infill.


2.  If children and students must play on these fields, they should shower immediately after leaving the field, as well as changing their clothing, including their socks and shoes. This is because the tiny rubber crumbs and the rubber crumb dust gets into socks, shoes, hair, ears etc. from the field's rubber tire infill.


3. 20% to 30%  of rubber tires are made up of carbon black, and carbon black is just one of the carcinogens in rubber tires.


4. Every synthetic turf field has 40,000 ground-up rubber tires in it.  This is a lot of toxic material to expose our children and students to.


Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI)

 North Haven, CT   06473

 (phone) 203-248-6582


EHHI receives none of its funding from businesses or corporations. Below are the people who run EHHI.


 Susan S. Addiss, MPH, MUrS. Past Commissioner of Health for the State of Connecticut; Past President of the American Public Health Association; Past member of the Pew Environmental Health Commission; Vice-Chair, Connecticut Health Foundation Board; Director of Health Education for Environment and Human Health, Inc.


Nancy O. Alderman, MES. President of Environment and Human Health, Inc.; Past member of the Governor's Pollution Prevention Task Force; Past member of the National Board of Environmental Defense; Recipient of the CT Bar Association, Environmental Law Section's, Clyde Fisher Award, given in recognition of significant contributions to the preservation of environmental quality through work in the fields of environmental law, environmental protection or environmental planning, and the New England Public Health Association's Robert C. Huestis/Eric Mood Award given to individuals for outstanding contributions to public health in the environmental health area.


Andrea Gottsegan Asnes, MD, MSW. Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine; Associate Director of the Yale Child Abuse Programs and Child Abuse Prevention Programs; Co-Director of the third year clerkship in Pediatrics, and an Associate Director of the MD/PhD Program.


D. Barry Boyd, MD.   Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, Oncologist at Greenwich Hospital and Affiliate Member of the Yale Cancer Center. Research areas include environmental risk factors for cancer as well as cancer etiology, including nutrition and the role of insulin and IGF in malignancy. Dr. Boyd is the Founder and Director of Integrative Medicine at Greenwich Hospital - Yale Health System.


Russell L. Brenneman, Esq. Connecticut Environmental Lawyer; Co-Chair of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters; Chair of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters Education Fund; Former chair of the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board; Co-chair of the Connecticut Greenways Committee; Adjunct faculty in Public Policy at Trinity College, Hartford; Past President of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association.


David R. Brown, Sc.D. Public Health Toxicologist and Director of Public Health Toxicology for Environment and Human Health, Inc.; Past Chief of Environmental Epidemiology and Occupational Health at Connecticut's Department of Health; Past Deputy Director of The Public Health Practice Group of ATSDR at the National Centers

for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.


Thomas F. Harrison, Esq. Connecticut Environmental Lawyer;  Past Assistant Attorney General in the New York State's Attorney General's office;  Past Regional Counsel in the largest U.S. EPA Office,  Region 5; Past Senior Corporate Council to the BFGoodrich Company; Past Partner at the Hartford law firm of Day Pittney LLP; Served on Connecticut's  Board of Contracting Standards and Review;  Served on the CT Council of Environmental Quality and was the Past Chairman of the Environmental Section of the CT Bar Association.


Pinar H. Kodaman, MD, PhD.  Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Yale University School of Medicine; Director of the Early Recurrent Pregnancy Lost Program at the Yale Fertility Center.


Robert G. LaCamera, MD. Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine; Primary Care Pediatrician in New Haven, Connecticut from 1956 to 1996 with a sub-specialty in children with disabilities.


Hugh S. Taylor, M.D. Anita O'Keeffe Young Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Yale University School of Medicine;

Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital.


John P. Wargo, Ph.D. Tweedy Ordway Professor of Environmental Health and Politics, Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Professor of Political Science. Author of Green Intelligence: Creating Environments That Protect Human Health published by Yale Press.  The book won the Independent Publishers Award of Gold Medal in the field of "environment, ecology, and nature" for 2010.  It also won the 2010 Connecticut Book Award in non-fiction. It was chosen as one of Scientific American's favorite books for 2009. Also author of Our Children's Toxic Legacy, which won the American Association Publisher's competition as best scholarly and professional book in an area of government and political science in 1997.