Support New Ordinance Prohibiting Artificial Turf and Synthetic Infill in Woodbridge CT

Support New Ordinance Prohibiting Artificial Turf and Synthetic Infill in Woodbridge CT

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Dear Woodbridge neighbors and friends,

Your support is needed! A group of environmentally concerned Woodbridge residents is asking the Board of Selectmen's Ordinance Committee to create a new Town ordinance to "Prohibit the Use of Artificial Turf and Synthetic Infills in the Town of Woodbridge" (see full text of the proposed ordinance below). Towns and cities though-out Connecticut and the country have enacted similar ordinances, including Westport and Hartford.


The Ordinance Committee (3 members of the Board of Selectmen) will hold a public meeting on March 16th at 5:30pm via WebEx to review the requested proposed. (Link Will Be Added when available for Webex meeting)


You can support the effort to enact this ordinance by:

  • Signing the this Change.org Petition 
  • Sending a letter to the Board of Selectmen expressing your support for the proposed ordinance (gshaw@woodbridgect.org)
  • Attend and speak in support of the proposed ordinance at the March 16th Public Meeting at 5:30pm (each speaker is limited to 3 minutes - join by Webex link will be added on Monday March 15, 2021 
    Please submit your letters of support for the March 16th meeting by no later than 4pm on Monday, March 15 (send by email to: gshaw@woodbridgect.org), and then voice your support during Public Comments at the meeting March 16. The Selectmen need to hear every voice asking them to protect our town from the harmful chemicals contained in artificial turf.

 

Our goal is to have the Ordinance Committee move the proposed ordinance to the Board of Selectmen for its April meeting, so they can vote to set a Public Hearing -- to take place, hopefully, during the month of May. We will need you again for this hoped-for Public Hearing on the ordinance. Please stay tuned for more information -- and share this message with your friends and neighbors who may also want to sign the petition, send emails and speak in support of this ordinance.  


Together, we can help protect our town's residents, environment, wildlife and drinking water. 


Thank you!


PS: For further information on this topic:
Diana Zuckerman, PhD National Center for Health Research

Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Alternative Infills for Artificial Turf

Toxic Use Reduction Institute (TURI) Artificial Turf Fields and Synthetic Infills

Petition:

As a Woodbridge, CT resident (18+ years old), in signing this petition I support the a  Proposed Ordinance Prohibiting the Use of Artificial Turf and Synthetic Infill in the Town of Woodbridge, Connecticut

The Board of Selectmen have received a request for a new Ordinance Prohibiting the Use of Artificial Turf and Synthetic Infill in the Town of Woodbridge, Connecticut.

We ask the residents of Woodbridge who support a New Ordinance to sign this petition that will be submitted Ordinance Committee members for the March 16, 2021 meeting for their consideration.

Petition Supporting A Proposed Ordinance Prohibiting the Use of Artificial Turf and Synthetic Infill in the Town of Woodbridge, Connecticut.

We, the undersigned, support the creation of an Ordinance in the Town of Woodbridge to prohibit the use of artificial turf containing synthetic infill (see text, below). We respectfully request that the Woodbridge Board of Selectmen take action to create this ordinance as soon as possible to protect the health and welfare of the people of Woodbridge, animal and plant life, and our natural resources including the water, air, and environmental habitat of our town. An Ordinance Prohibiting the Use of Artificial Turf and Synthetic Infill in the Town of Woodbridge, Connecticut
 
 
Purpose: To protect the health, safety and general welfare of Woodridge’s children and all residents, ecosystems, and natural resources, the use of artificial turf containing any synthetic infill manufactured from recycled or virgin materials including but not limited to ambient and cryogenic crumb rubber, coated crumb rubber, ethylene propylene diene monomer granules, thermoplastic elastomer granules, and recycled footwear, (categorized as “hazardous waste” and special handling waste”) is prohibited in the Town of Woodbridge as follows:
 
Definitions:
(1)  Artificial Turf.
Any man-made surface manufactured from synthetic materials which simulate the appearance of live turf, grass, sod or lawn.
(2)  Synthetic Infill Material.
Any man-made infill from recycles or virgin materials including but not limited to ambient and cryogenic crumb rubber, coated crumb rubber, ethylene propylene diene monomer granules, thermoplastic elastomer granules, and recycled footwear.
(3)  Organic Infill Material.
Any material utilizing organic components such as cork, coconut husks, rice husks, silica sand, or acrylic coated sand.
 
 
B. Regulations
(1) The use of artificial turf containing synthetic infill materials shall be prohibited.

We thank you for your consideration of our request.

 

 

 

 

Image: Cook, Bob. "Massive Federal Report Is Only First Step In Assessing Safety Of   Crumb-Rubber Turf Fields." Forbes, edited by Bob Cook, 27 July 2019, 
  www.forbes.com/sites/bobcook/2019/07/27/   massive-federal-report-is-only-first-step-in-assessing-safety-of-crumb-rubber-turf-fields/?sh=2ac58e832fec. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

 

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