SOURCE: AstroTurf

December 18, 2008 18:54 ET

Statement From AstroTurf Regarding the Safety of Synthetic Turf

RALEIGH, NC--(Marketwire - December 18, 2008) - An article published on Dec. 18 by the Dallas bureau of the Associated Press has again raised questions about the safety of synthetic turf.

The story focuses on nylon turf fibers, and mirrors an identical scenario that played out in New Jersey over the spring and summer which prompted an inquiry by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. On July 31, the CPSC concluded that based on materials testing and forensic toxicology, synthetic turf -- including the nylon variety in question -- poses no risk to human health under any reasonable circumstance. The Dec. 18 article did not mention the CPSC report. All AstroTurf system fibers, including nylon RootZone® fibers, have been tested and evaluated for safety and pose no risk to the health of children or adults.

Every day throughout the U.S., children and youth, as well as collegiate and professional athletes, play football, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and other sports on artificial turf. Parents, coaches and kids alike deserve to be fully informed about the research and science behind the safety of the materials used in these fields to avoid causing undue alarm among the many families whose children use them with regularity.

Jon Pritchett, CEO of GeneralSports Venue (GSV), the exclusive U.S. licensee of AstroTurf, is available to speak directly about the safety of AstroTurf fields, both old and new. Please watch the video from our press conference on this issue in New York earlier this year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM4G04fqeuc.

Below are links to the CPSC statement and report, the statement from the Synthetic Turf Council, and the contents of the AstroTurf press conference held in May 2008.

CPSC Report
http://www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia08/os/turfassessment.pdf

CPSC Statement
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08348.html

Statement from the Synthetic Turf Council
http://www.astroturfusa.com/news/STC.html

Synthetic Turf: The Science Behind the Safety
http://www.astroturfusa.com/resources/pdfs/Science.pdf

About AstroTurf®

The iconic AstroTurf® brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies, leveraging the industry's only vertically integrated manufacturing system. The relaunch of AstroTurf®, including the enlistment of football legend Archie Manning as ambassador for the brand, has positioned it again as the leading innovator in the synthetic turf industry, with a growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities selecting AstroTurf®-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority and safety. AstroTurf® is a registered trademark of Textile Management Associates, Inc. Please visit www.astroturfusa.com.

About GeneralSports Venue

Based in Michigan and with headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., and 23 regional offices throughout the U.S., GSV is a certified Minority Business Enterprise that offers a range of integrated services for sports venue owners, operators and developers. GSV's professional services include project development, design, estimating, finance, revenue generation, program management and construction for sports venues. Aided by its sports turf division, GSV has been among the fastest-growing companies in the sports construction industry. GSV is the official supplier in the category of synthetic turf and related sports surfaces to U.S. Communities, a national purchasing alliance serving over 30,000 public agencies. Please visit www.generalsportsvenue.com.

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