Re: Chemical Sensitivity to Granulated Tires on Play Grounds
From: tamgoddess (
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2006 10:44:22 -0800 (PST)
It seems more likely to me that the problem is with the adhesive than the 
tires. I am not convinced this is the same surface. I don't think there's any 
adhesive or a reason for one in the materials we're talking about.

 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: Fred H Olson <fholson [at]>
> Around Oct 16 there was discussion about
> Subject: Pea gravel "pit" around playstructure
> that included some discussion of using recycled shreaded rubber tire
> around playstructures.  See for example (there are other messages):
> Today I received from Roslyn Hamilton <oebn [at]> of the Oregon
> Ecobuilding Network,  information that passed thru several hands and that
> was written in German ... about
>   Chemical Sensitivity to Granulated Tires on Play Grounds
> The message was posted to a mailing list about chemical sensitivity:
>  but they do not have public
> archives.
> Below is the introduction (originally in English) to the csda list.
> The whole message is at:
> The web version includes the German message and an automated
> translation from Alta Vista Babel Fish Translation at Bottom.
> I do not know how relevant the German experience is to materials available
> in the US that cohousing communities might consider using.
> I encourage anyone who cares to dig into this and post a more
> substantive message.
> Note that I think "MCS" referes to " Multiple Chemical Sensitivity".
> Fred, listserv manager
> --------------------  FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS --------------------
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Lawrence A. Plumlee
> To: csda [at]
> Cc: info [at]
> Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 5:50 AM
> Subject: [csda] Hazard of Granulated Tires Used on Play Grounds with Adhesive 
> as 
> Artificial Turf
> Dear Friends,
> The German Environmental Health Initiative (DUGI), a public interest
> group, writes today below that a child has developed severe MCS after
> playing on a playground made of granulated tires covered with adhesive.
> They ask for any information we may have about its toxicity.
> I know that the U.S. National Park Service has used ground tires in
> adhesive for building walkways over the Anacostia River at Kenilworth
> Gardens in Washington, DC.  I also know that whole tires discarded into
> the ocean in hopes that fish would grow in them have been a failure in
> that fish do not like them.  One hypothesis is that this is due to toxic
> materials emanating from the tires.  I believe the City of New York has
> information on this, as would the New York and U.S. Environmental
> Protection Agencies.  Any information we have, or can obtain, would be
> helpful to those in Germany who are trying to remediate this problem.  It
> also may be a problem in the U.S.  Please send a copy of data you have to
> <info [at]>
> Gratefully,
> Larry
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