Date
17 October 2018
Lawmaker Helena Wong (inset, left) has called for tests on all artificial grass pitches following the discovery of toxic chemicals in some astroturf facilities. Photos: RTHK, tvb.com
Lawmaker Helena Wong (inset, left) has called for tests on all artificial grass pitches following the discovery of toxic chemicals in some astroturf facilities. Photos: RTHK, tvb.com

Govt urged to test astroturf facilities amid fears over toxins

The Democratic Party has urged authorities to test artificial grass pitches at schools and other locations amid fears that the astroturf could contain cancer-causing chemicals and heavy metals.

The party said on Sunday that it has found toxic chemicals in three facilities in Kowloon that are run by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, RTHK reports.

Lab tests the party commissioned found the turfs at Cherry Street Park, Kowloon Tsai Park and Shek Kip Mei Park failed to meet safety standards set by the German and American authorities, it said.

Lawmaker Helena Wong warned that 28 similar government pitches might also have the same problem.

Authorities should examine if there are any health risks involved, she said.

Comments by some officials that they don’t know which chemicals they should test for are “very irresponsible”, Wong was quoted as saying.

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