Today’s Metro Connection on WAMU is going to be discussing the subject of “crumb rubber,” a sort of mulch made from old tires that’s been the up and coming material to put in playground safety surfaces for a while now. Sometimes it’s put out in chunks, sometimes surfaces are made out of it, like running tracks or the flooring in the playground area out at the national zoo.
Apparently a memo has been leaked from the Environmental Protection Agency that indicates some concerns with the use of crumb rubber. I can’t find a copy of it at the moment so it’s unclear whether this is a general issue or just in regards to childhood exposure. Presumably these are questions that will be answered on Metro Connection. Right before a thousand other questions are raise and not answered.
Listen live or look for a recording to be available online sometime this afternoon.