Sports advocates here in Georgia and elsewhere have probably heard of the trend toward using artificial turf fields made up of small pellets of crumb rubber, which comes from old recycled tires. Crumb rubber is often used for football and soccer fields as it provides cushioning for players when they fall, but there are also concerns about the toxicity of the rubber pellets.
In our last post, we mentioned that there is legislation currently under consideration in the House of Representatives which would update the Toxic Substances Control Act by expediting the review process for chemicals used in consumer products and give states more authority to pass their own regulations as well as provide companies better guidance on the use of chemicals in their manufacturing process.
Staying healthy these days is a challenge, not only in terms of diet, exercise and proper rest, but also in terms of avoiding toxic chemicals in the products we use every day. Because of the impact of toxic chemicals on health and quality of life, the issue is something all of us should be concerned about as consumers.
Along with eight other states, Georgia has reportedly joined in on a lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency over a new clean water rule which would give the government authority to regulate tributaries leading to rivers and streams covered by the Clean Water Act.
Readers all heard earlier this week about the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding marriage rights, but the court also issued other opinions as well. One of these opinions dealt with a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to regulate coal plant emissions of mercury and other pollutants. This effort met with a significant challenge from 20 states and various interest groups.