RMA Says New EPA Report Again Demonstrates Tire Rubber As Environmentally Sound

No Adverse Human, Ecological Health Effects

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C.December 10, 2009 - A study released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found no cause for human health or environmental concerns with the use of tire rubber used in construction of athletic fields and playgrounds.

While the EPA study was limited in its scope, it adds to a growing list of scientific data showing that ground rubber from waste tires does not pose any adverse health or ecological risks.

“Today’s report by EPA is not a surprise,” said Michael Blumenthal, RMA vice president. “Many studies and tests have shown over many years that the use of recycled tire rubber in consumer applications such as playground and athletic fields are not only safe by have several significant safety benefits.”

Last year, RMA sponsored a review of available literature on the potential health and environmental effects of tire rubber, which is produced from scrap tires.

The RMA-sponsored report evaluated the health and ecological risks associated with the use of recycled tire rubber in consumer applications, particularly playgrounds and athletic fields. A thorough review of available literature was conducted including studies from both advocates and opponents to the use of recycled tire materials. An examination of the weight of evidence across all of the available studies was conducted to enable a comprehensive assessment of potential risk.

The use of recycled tire rubber is widely used as an infill material for synthetic sports fields and as a floor cover for playgrounds. Both applications take advantage of the exceptional cushioning characteristics of tire rubber and provide increased safety relative to other materials. Athletic fields and playground cover are two of the fastest growing and largest end uses for recycled ground tire rubber. Approximately 13 million scrap tires are used in these applications annually.

“Although EPA stated that hope to conduct further review of available scientific literature, we remain confident that any additional research will show that playgrounds and athletic fields and other consumer products made from tire rubber are environmentally sound,” Blumenthal said.

RMA’s report, Review of the Human Health & Ecological Safety of Exposure to Recycled Tire Rubber found at Playgrounds and Synthetic Turf Fields, is available for download at www.rma.orgClick here to review the report.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products.

RMA Statement on Nomination of David L. Strickland For NHTSA Administrator

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C.December 8, 2009 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association supports the nomination of David L. Strickland as the next Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
RMA has worked with Strickland in his role as counsel to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. He was involved in the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act in 2000 and also worked with RMA to enact legislation to create a consumer information program for tire fuel efficiency in 2007.

“Dave Strickland will bring a unique set of qualifications to the position of NHTSA Administrator,” said Charles A. Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “Clearly, he is one of the most knowledgeable on Capitol Hill on tire safety issues.

“Dave has made an effort to understand the tire industry and we look forward to continuing to work with him in a new capacity. He is tough but fair and his experience working on tire and automotive industry public policy issues should allow him to hit the ground running at NHTSA. We wish him a speedy confirmation by the Senate.”

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products.