Senate Bill S7239

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Establishes a moratorium on the installation of synthetic turf pending a comprehensive environmental and public health study

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Environmental Conservation Committee


  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2023-S7239 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§8-0109 & 27-1901, En Con L

2023-S7239 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes a moratorium on the installation of synthetic turf pending a comprehensive environmental and public health study; relates to environmental impact assessments of the use of synthetic turf; provides for the repeal of certain provisions upon expiration thereof.

2023-S7239 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2023-S7239 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   7239
 
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               May 18, 2023
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  MYRIE  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation
 
 AN ACT to establish a moratorium on the installation of  synthetic  turf
   pending  a  comprehensive  environmental  and  public health study; to
   amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to environmental
   impact assessments of the use of synthetic turf; and providing for the
   repeal of certain 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  environmental  and 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 environmental and public health
 study to be undertaken immediately; and, in the meantime, to temporarily
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD06984-01-3
              

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