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    Chase: Inslee’s refugee stance shows courage and leadership

Chase: Inslee’s refugee stance shows courage and leadership

November 19th, 2015|

Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, released the following statement today on Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to welcome Syrian refugees to Washington state.
“Gov. Inslee is 100 percent correct in welcoming Syrian refugees to our state and I stand solidly beside him. I couldn’t be more supportive.
“At a time when other governors speak of trying to seal their borders to refugees, I am proud that our governor has taken the path of courage, compassion and, frankly, historically fundamental American values.
“Our country’s historic embrace of immigrants and refugees has been an example to the rest of the world and has infused our nation since its founding with a steady influx of hard-working, inspirational citizens. We are more successful as a nation for their contributions and richer for the diversity they have brought.
“During World War II, our state was home to a very high-profile action when then-President Roosevelt interned thousands of Japanese Americans in prison camps. That decision was wrong then and, as we well acknowledge today, it was nothing less than an atrocity. Property was seized, possessions were lost, freedom was stolen.
“In 1975, when California refused to accept refugees from Vietnam, then-Gov. Evans declared in no uncertain terms that Washington would welcome those refugees with open arms — and dispatched then-Secretary of State Ralph Munro to make it happen. Gov. Evans said the Vietnamese had helped our forces in Vietnam and ‘were desperately trying to flee because they weren’t sure what was going to happen with the Communist takeover. And I thought to just leave them after they had helped us, was not a very moral thing to do.’
“Gov. Inslee’s actions today, like Gov. Evans’ actions then, reflect American values at their best. At a time when many Americans are understandably fearful given the events of the day, Gov. Inslee is leading through example. His actions stand in stark contrast to those of his critics, who are playing to people’s worst instincts and would rather stoke their fears than provide responsible leadership.”

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    Chase: Seminar will probe toxic dangers of crumb rubber turf

Chase: Seminar will probe toxic dangers of crumb rubber turf

November 5th, 2015|

A seminar on the risks of using recycled crumb rubber in athletic fields is scheduled for 9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 12 at the Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave. in Edmonds.
The seminar will focus on the toxic effects of crumb rubber on athletes who ingest the particles while on the athletic field. Crumb rubber consists of old tires that are shredded into crumb-size pieces and spread on fields to provide an inexpensive and durable turf. Though crumb rubber is said to reduce injuries, the crumb particles degrade into a fine respirable dust which is then inhaled by field users and bystanders. Soccer goalies are considered particularly at risk because they constantly dive to the ground to block balls and wind up with crumb particles in their mouths and eyes. The rubber dust is also carried in the wind.
“Here in Western Washington, we are ground zero for this problem because we rely on artificial turf to cope with all the rain on our playing fields,” said Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline. “Our athletes, including small children who are most at risk, are exposed to crumb rubber constantly.”
The seminar will feature two experts in the dangers of crumb rubber: Dr. Steve Gilbert, the director and founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders in Seattle; and Dr. Dave Anderson, PhD. The seminar is hosted by Chase, the Washington Alliance for Nontoxic Play and Athletic Fields, the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, and the Washington Members of the Safe Healthy Playing Fields Coalition. Free onsite and street parking will be available.
Countries such as Sweden have banned the use of crumb rubber on fields because they have identified the material as containing multiple carcinogens. The problem was first flagged by soccer coaches who saw that soccer goalies were disproportionately contracting a range of cancers. To date, there have been no longitudinal studies on the risks associated with crumb rubber.
“This material appears to pose a serious risk to the health of athletes and kids who play on crumb rubber playgrounds all over the Pacific Northwest,” Chase said. ”The longer we wait to address it, the more young people we put at risk.”