assembly Bill A1634

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Provides for a public health study by the department of health on the installation of synthetic turf

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Jan 06, 2016 referred to health
Jan 12, 2015 referred to health


A1634 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Assembly Health
Law Section:
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A10298, S7124
2011-2012: A5528, S2439
2013-2014: A5813, S853
2017-2018: S3280
2019-2020: S4028
2021-2022: S3269

A1634 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides for a public health study by the department of health on the installation of crumb rubber in synthetic turf.

A1634 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 12, 2015

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


  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-

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