senate Bill S3531

Amended

Prohibits the use of atrazine

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O'BRIEN

Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 05 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 26 / Mar / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 26 / Mar / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 3531A

Summary

Prohibits the use of atrazine.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3531
S3531A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง37-0114, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S3664A
2009-2010: S7528

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3531

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in
relation to prohibiting the use of the herbicide atrazine

PURPOSE: To ban the use of the chemical atrazine, making it unlawful to
distribute, sell, offer for sale or use within the state or deliver for
transportation or transport in intrastate commerce.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: amends the environmental conservation law to add a new
section 37-0115 making it unlawful for any person to distribute, sell,
offer for sale or use the chemical atrazine within this state or deliver
for transportation or transport in intrastate commerce or between points
within this state through any point outside this state. Section 2:
Effective date

JUSTIFICATION: According to a USA Today article dated Tuesday, March 2,
2010, entitled: Weed killer upsets frogs' hormones, An herbicide that
contaminates tap water consumed by millions of Americans has been found
to produce gender-bending effects in male frogs, turning some into
females and chemically causing them unable to reproduce in others.
According to a study released on Monday, March 2, 2010 in the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, frogs an experiment
were exposed to amounts of the weed killer atrazine that are comparable
to the levels allowed in -drinking water by the Environmental Protection
Agency, causing male frogs to begin growing eggs in their tests. In this
experiment, 10% of the males exposed to atrazine - one of the most
commonly used herbicides in the world - actually changed sez; some were
able to breed and lay eggs. Nearly all the other males had low testos-
terone and sperm levels, which made them unable to reproduce. Even the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in October, that it planned to
reassess atrazine's safety, including its cancer risk. The European
Union has banned the chemical.

About 75% of stream water samples and 40% of groundwater samples contain
atrazine, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Natural Resources
Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, detected atrazine in
90% of tap water samples from 139 water systems. Inexpensive faucet-top
water filters can remove the chemical.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.7528 of 2010, Environmental Conservation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2016, provided, however, that effective imme-
diately, the addition and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary
for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized
and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3531

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 5, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. O'BRIEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
  prohibiting the use of the herbicide atrazine

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The environmental conservation law is amended by  adding  a
new section 37-0115 to read as follows:
S 37-0115. PROHIBITION OF USE OF THE CHEMICAL ATRAZINE.
  IT  SHALL  BE  UNLAWFUL  FOR ANY PERSON TO DISTRIBUTE, SELL, OFFER FOR
SALE OR USE THE CHEMICAL ATRAZINE  WITHIN  THIS  STATE  OR  DELIVER  FOR
TRANSPORTATION  OR  TRANSPORT  IN  INTRASTATE COMMERCE OR BETWEEN POINTS
WITHIN THIS STATE THROUGH ANY POINT OUTSIDE THIS STATE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect January 1,  2016;  provided,  however,
that  effective  immediately,  the addition and/or repeal of any rule or
regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective
date is authorized and directed to be made and completed  on  or  before
such effective date.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06991-01-3

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