senate Bill S4709

Amended

Prohibits the manufacture, sale or distribution of business transaction paper containing bisphenol A

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 18 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.817
  • 03 / Jun / 2013
    • AMENDED (T) 4709A
  • 03 / Jun / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Prohibits the manufacture, sale or distribution of business transaction paper containing bisphenol A.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1654
Versions:
S4709
S4709A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง37-0513, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: A212B, S4532, A212B, S4532
2009-2010: A11697, A11697

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4709

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in
relation to prohibiting the sale of thermal receipt paper containing
bisphenol A

PURPOSE: To expand the provisions of current New York State law to
prohibit the distribution and use of thermal receipt paper containing
bisphenol A for the recording of any business transaction.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill prohibits any person, firm,
partner-ship, association, limited liability company or corporation
from manufacturing, selling, offering for sale of distributing any
thermal receipt paper containing BPA after October 1, 2015. If the
USEPA does not identify safe, commercially available alternatives to
BPA, then no person may shall manufacture, sell, offer for sale of
distribute such paper after July 1, 2017.

JUSTIFICATION: Recently the NYS Governor signed legislation that would
prohibit the use of BPA in child care products, including sippy cups,
baby bottles and straws intended for use by a child under the age of
three. BPA is an estrogen-mimicking endocrine disrupting chemical that
has been found to be toxic at low doses and is linked to breast
cancer, early onset of puberty, obesity ad prostate cancer Very small
amounts of hormones can produce immense biological behavioral changes.

BPA has been used in carbonless copy paper (e.g. credit card receipts)
and thermal imaging papers for many years. A powdery layer of BPA is
coated onto a piece of paper along with invisible ink which merge and
provide "color" when subject to heat or pressure. The Warner Babcock
Institute for Green Chemistry, co-founded by organic chemist John C.
Warner, has been testing cash register receipts and has found an
alarming amount to BPA on these receipts. The average receipt using
the BPA technology was found to contain 60 - 100 milligrams of free
BPA, which is a thousand times above levels leaching from
polycarbonate bottles. Free BPA is not bound into a polymer, but just
individual molecules lose and available for uptake. The paper has been
published on July 28th in the peer-reviewed journal "Green Chemistry
Letters and Reviews".

The Environmental Work Group (EWG) in Washington DC had a testing
program conducted by the Missouri Division of Biological Sciences
laboratory on receipts from major retailers, including Wal-Mart,
Safeway, McDonalds, the U.S, Postal Service, and Bank of America ATMs.
The laboratory found that the total mass of BPA on a receipt is from
250 to 1,000 times the amount of BPA typically found in a can of food
or a can of baby formula. Forty percent of 36 printed receipts
collected from fast food restaurants, big retailers, grocery stores,
gas stations and post offices in seven states and the District of
Columbia contained BPA.

Bio-monitoring surveys by the federal Centers far Disease Control and
Prevention has found BPA in the bodies of 93% of Americans over the
age of 6. The EWG analysis of the CDC data found that people who
reported working in retail industries had 30 percent more BPA in their
bodies than the average U.S. adult and 34% had more BPA than other
workers. As of May 2009, 1 in 17 working Americans - 7 million people


were employed as retail salespersons and cashiers, according to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics. The nation's largest manufacturer of
thermal paper, Appleton Papers in Wisconsin, stopped using BPA in 2006
because of a growing concern about the safety of the chemical.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act would take effect immediately.

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

                                  4709

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 18, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  MARCELLINO  -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conser-
  vation

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
  prohibiting the sale of thermal receipt paper containing bisphenol A

  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 37-0513 to read as follows:
S 37-0513. THERMAL RECEIPT PAPER.
  1.  FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "THERMAL RECEIPT PAPER" OR "CASH
REGISTER RECEIPT PAPER" MEANS ANY PAPER THAT IS  USED  BY  A  COMMERCIAL
ENTITY  TO  ISSUE  A MECHANICALLY PRODUCED RECORD OF A COMMERCIAL TRANS-
ACTION.
  2. ON AND AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2015 NO  PERSON  SHALL  MANUFACTURE,  SELL,
OFFER  FOR SALE OR DISTRIBUTE ANY THERMAL RECEIPT PAPER OR CASH REGISTER
RECEIPT PAPER THAT CONTAINS BISPHENOL A.
  3. NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS  SECTION,
IF THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY DOES NOT IDENTIFY A
SAFE,  COMMERCIALLY  AVAILABLE  ALTERNATIVE TO THE USE OF BISPHENOL A IN
THERMAL RECEIPT PAPER OR CASH REGISTER RECEIPT PAPER ON OR  BEFORE  JUNE
30,  2015, NO PERSON SHALL MANUFACTURE, SELL, OFFER FOR SALE OR DISTRIB-
UTE ANY THERMAL RECEIPT  PAPER  OR  CASH  REGISTER  RECEIPT  PAPER  THAT
CONTAINS BISPHENOL A ON AND AFTER JULY 1, 2017.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10460-01-3

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