Bill S3531A-2013

Prohibits the use of atrazine

Prohibits the use of atrazine.

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  • Mar 26, 2014: PRINT NUMBER 3531A
  • Mar 26, 2014: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • Feb 5, 2013: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

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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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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3531--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE 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.

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