An environmental testing firm has determined that the amount of lead in the artificial turf at the Glendale Sports Complex is far below federal and state limits — a potential chink in the armor of those who have argued strongly at City Hall against allowing the material in residential front yards.
The findings were submitted to the City Council this week in a report by Glendale-based Environmental Consulting Services after some on the dais had asked to test the turf amid assertions from the public that allowing the faux grass in front yards presented a public health hazard.
The original turf discussion came as the council weighed in on expanding the use of artificial turf in Glendale. Currently, residents can only put the fake grass in backyards. In order to make the change, the City Council needed an out-of-reach vote of 4-1.
Councilman Rafi Manoukian said the test confirmed what he already knew: opposition to artificial turf is more about aesthetics than health issues since the city already uses it in sports fields and residents can put it in their backyards.