Dangerous lead found at N.J. turf fields

April 15, 2008 9:58:18 AM PDT
Two sports fields in New Jersey were closed yesterday after tests of their artificial turf turned up unsafe levels of lead.

Hoboken attorney Steven Kleinman says the city shut the playing field at Frank Sinatra Park after the tests revealed lead levels far exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency's allowable concentration of the metal.

The College of New Jersey's Lions Stadium field was also shown to contain excessive lead. Schools spokesman Matthew Golden told The Signal, the school's student newspaper, it would be closed until at least early May.

The fields, along with 10 others, were tested after a Newark field had similar results last fall.

It is not known how easily lead from turf is absorbed by the body. Results of further tests on the high-lead turf samples are expected early next month.