|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Mar 17, 2010||referred to health|
assembly Bill A10298
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Assembly Committee
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- Passed Senate
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A10298 (ACTIVE) - Details
A10298 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:A10298 TITLE OF BILL: An act to direct the department of health to conduct a comprehensive public health study; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The bill requires an assessment of the public health and environmental impacts of the use of synthetic turf in indoor and outdoor settings. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: : The bill would require a comprehensive assessment of the potential adverse impacts of synthetic turf on public health and the environment by the Departments of Health and Environ- mental Conservation with a report back to the Governor and the Legisla- ture. JUSTIFICATION: Increasingly, synthetic turf is being installed in many locations in New York State, including parks; athletic fields, indoor facilities and other settings where natural grass was previously grown. In recent years, crumb rubber fill in being used as a component of synthetic turf and mulch. The crumb rubber is a result of processing waste tires, which contain numerous components, some which are known to be hazardous. These contaminants can include arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, vanadium, zinc and acetone. Health effects associated with these contaminants include birth defects, cancer, nervous system damage, and immune system suppression.
A10298 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 10298 I N A S S E M B L Y March 17, 2010 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. ENGLEBRIGHT -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health AN ACT to direct the department of health to conduct a comprehensive public health study; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature finds that increas- ingly, synthetic turf is being installed in many locations in New York state, including parks, athletic fields and other settings where natural grass was previously grown. In recent years, crumb rubber fill is being used as a component of synthetic turf and mulch. Crumb rubber is the result of processing waste tires, which contain numerous components, some of which are known to be hazardous to people and the environment. The hazardous components include arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, vana- dium, zinc and acetone. Health effects associated with these components, at dangerous levels, include birth defects, cancer, nervous system damage and immune system suppression. While various options for waste tire use are essential to reducing the significant stockpiles of waste tires, such uses should not threaten or compromise public health. The legislature finds that more information is necessary to make an informed decision on the appropriate uses of synthetic turf containing crumb rubber. In the interest of preventing adverse health impacts and contamination to natural resources, the legislature finds that a compre- hensive public health study on the potential threats associated with the use of synthetic turf is warranted. Therefore, the legislature finds that it is consistent with public policy to require such comprehensive public health study to be undertak- en immediately. S 2. Public health study of the use of synthetic turf. 1. The state department of health, in cooperation with the department of environ- mental conservation, shall immediately undertake a review of all avail- able data relating to the potential health risks and effects of synthet- ic turf, with particular attention to the crumb rubber content of such EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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