Blumenthal urges federal task force to study risks of crumb rubber

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(WTNH)–The swirling debate over crumb rubber material used on athletic fields and playgrounds has the attention of Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal.

Blumenthal and his colleagues are urging a federal task force to finish the long-overdue study into potential health risks. Crumb rubber has been linked to serious health consequences, including cancer.

However, after a year and a half of studies, Senators are convinced progress has stalled.

Environmentalists have said they want communities throughout Connecticut to stop using crumb rubber until there’s more research done.