Turf Testing Proves Stadium is Safe

Birdville ISD reports no lead in stadium turf runoff.

The Birdville ISD said Friday independent laboratory testing found no lead in a sample from the district's stadium turf.

Last month, the Associated Press reported fields in two of the state's best-known high school stadiums had lead levels far exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency's standard for soil.

The information came from results of tests commissioned by the Ector County school district on the turf at Odessa's Ratliff Stadium found lead at roughly 14 times the EPA standard.

Similar testing by the Birdville school district in the Fort Worth suburb of North Richland Hills discovered a lead level nearly 10 times the EPA standard at that district's stadium, the Fine Arts/Athletics Complex.

"BISD takes this matter very seriously, and the safety of our students continues to be our number one priority. Based on the information provided to the district, we are confident that there is no risk to student athletes or the water system due to the artificial turf at the Fine Arts/Athletics Complex," said Dr. Stephen Waddell, Birdville ISD Superintendent.

The Birdville ISD commissioned additional testing on the runoff from rain water on Jan. 7 from turf at the complex.

EcoSystems Environmental, Inc. reported the sampling from the drainage system contained no lead.

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