senate Bill S3531A

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 ยง37-0115, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S3664A
2009-2010: S7528

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3531A

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 testosterone 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, 2017, 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 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--A

                       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
  -- recommitted to  the  Committee  on  Environmental  Conservation  in
  accordance  with  Senate  Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill
  amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  commit-
  tee

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, 2017; 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.
                                                           LBD06991-06-4

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