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Verdict: Astroturf Safe for the Kids!

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Word to the city's Synthetic Fields Task Force: A federal agency, emerging from a lab full of bubbling beakers, has determined that synthetic turf poses no risk of lead exposure to children. No word yet on whether the San Francisco park patrol will lay down their arms — the announcement does leave a couple of concerns remaining: possibly carcinogenic hydrocarbons, and perhaps much, much worse, the damage to our children's aesthetic appreciation of natural grass. [SF Gate]