Proposed New Turf On Hold Amid Health Concerns (with VIDEO)

Jasper (NNDC) – The proposed new “field” turf for Jasper High School’s Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium is on hold amid health concerns and a pending study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

At issue is what is called crumb rubber that is used as a fill material in the artificial turf.

Monday night, the Greater Jasper Consolidated School Board tabled voting on and approving the installation of the turf so it could be installed in time for the 2016 high school football season.   Currently, on Raider Field at Southridge High School in Huntingburg has this type of playing turf installed.

Concerns about the rubber’s carcinogenic materials has divided the school board since January of 2015 following several reports on possible health risks with the turf including a two-part series done by the NBC television network.

The board tabled any action on one of two bids it has received for installing the new turn to see if new information about the health concerns arises.   This means the installation of the proposed new turf will not take place in time for it to be in place this fall.

The school board plans to revisit the turf project after the 2016 football season.

Earlier, the family of Jerry and Lila Seger of Jasper pledged to cover the purchase and installation of the new artificial turf which has reported to be about $800,000.

All eight of the Seger’s son played football at JHS for Hall of Fame coach Jerry Brewer.



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