Artificial Turf Safety Answers
NBC News recently reported on a concern from a soccer coach in the western US regarding her observation of several goal keepers who developed cancer and who also played at times on artificial turf fields that use crumb rubber infill which is made from recycled tires. Her concern is that she believes there is a higher chance of ingestion of crumb rubber if diving on a field to stop a soccer ball and questions if that might be responsible for health problems over time.
Lower Moreland Township recently installed an artificial turf field that uses a combination of sand and crumb rubber infill at Valley Center Park. The NBC News story clearly states that “no research has linked cancer to artificial turf.” Below is a link to information from FieldTurf - the manufacturer of the field installed by Lower Moreland Township. Also below are links to various independent studies, including federal and state agency studies, where the safety of artificial turf is discussed in more detail.
Lower Moreland chose to install the field after a review of safety information garnered from studies including those conducted by federal and state agencies and academic institutions. If you have any concerns, below are links to studies and other information to help you better understand the science involved in the safety of artificial turf so that you can make an informed choice regarding the use of such a field.
FieldTurf information link:
Links to studies conducted by Federal and State agencies and other research:
Safety Study of Artificial Turf Containing Crumb Rubber Infill Made from Recycled Tires: Measurements of Chemicals and Particulates in the Air, Bacteria in the Turf, and Skin Abrasions Caused by Contact with the Surface
2014 Fall/ Winter Newsletter
The 2014 Fall /Winter Lower Moreland Township Newsletter is now available. Click here to read.
New Sewer Bill Format
The format for your quarterly sewer bill has changed. In a continuing effort to provide efficient and cost-effective services, Township sewer bills will now be 4x6 inches and blue in color. Should you have any questions, please contact the sewer department at 215-947-3100.
PennDOT Resurfacing Route 232 (Huntingdon Pike)
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that construction will begin Monday, September 8, 2014 on a $5 million project to repair and resurface 3 miles of Route 232 (Huntingdon Pike) between Fox Chase Road in Rockledge Borough and Abington Township, and Route 63 (Welsh Road/Philmont Avenue) in Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County, with funding from the state's new transportation plan.
In addition to improving travel by resurfacing the deteriorated pavement on Route 232 (Huntingdon Pike), crews will install ADA curb ramps, new pavement markings; upgrade pedestrian buttons at signalized intersections; and replace crosswalks at various intersections.
Beginning on September 8th, lane restrictions are planned weeknights on Route 232 (Huntingdon Pike) between Fox Chase Road and Route 63 (Welsh Road/Philmont Avenue) from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for milling and paving operations. The resurfacing part of this project is scheduled to be completed in the late fall. The entire project is expected to finish in April 2015.
Township Recieves $10,000 from PECO
We are pleased to announce that Lower Moreland Township has been named as a grant recipient of this year's Green Region Open Space Program funded by PECO. The township received $10,000 in grant funding towards further trail and landscaping improvements at Valley Center Park. We would like to thank PECO and Natural Lands Trust for their support.
Pictured l-r: Christopher R. Hoffman, Township Manager, Commissioner Gonzales, Holly Harper, PECO Green Region Open Space Program Administrator, Suzanne Ryan, PECO Regional External Affairs Manager, Commissioner DeMartinis, Loreen Guertin, Assistant Township Manager, Commissioner Sirken, Commissioner Kuritz, Commissioner Weir, Commissioner Heller.
Yard Waste Collection Pilot Program
Lower Moreland Township is conducting a pilot program for yard waste collection in the Township. In addition to the collection of yard waste using biodegradable bags and bundled materials, the Public Works Department will also be collecting yard waste in 32- gallon containers through the new program. Participants will need to obtain stickers for their containers at the Township Administration Building as well as following several guidelines. More information can be found here.
Lower Moreland E-Waste Collection
Aqua Improvement Project
Please be advised that Aqua Pennsylvania will be replacing the exisiting water main on the following streets in Lower Moreland and Abington Townships:
- Meadowbrook Road between Graham and Paper Mill roads
- Graham Road 100 feet n/o Meadowbrook road
- Paper Mill Road between Meadowbrook and Camerly roads
- Paper Mill Road between Welsh and Grasshopper roads
- Sybil Lane between Old Welsh and Welsh roads Construction will begin April 15, 2014 with completion expected in July. More information can be found here.
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