Relates to thermal paper receipts containing bisphenol-A.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to prohibiting the use of thermal paper receipts or cash receipt paper containing bisphenol-A
PURPOSE: To expand current law to prohibit the manufacturing, selling or offering for sale or to distribute any thermal receipt paper or cash register paper that contains bisphenol-A.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill defines thermal receipt paper and cash register paper as well as prohibits anyone from manufacturing, selling or offering for sale or to distribute any paper for recording or transactions that contains bisphenol-A.
JUSTIFICATION: Bisphenol-A (BPA) is an endocrine disruptor that mimics the hormone estrogen and is linked to breast cancer, early onset of puberty, obesity and prostate cancer. It also affects male reproductive systems.
New York residents are regularly exposed to EPA in cash register receipts used by major retailers, grocery stores, gas stations and bank ATM's. Retail workers carry an average of 30% more BPA in their bodies than other adults. BPA on thermal paper isn't chemically bound since it is a powdery film on the surface of receipts. The BPA coating easily rubs off onto fingers and then potentially onto food and can also penetrate the skin.
Cash receipts with BPA regularly become part of the paper recycling stream, thus adding BPA to 95% of dollar bills as well as to paper towels and other consumer paper products.
This potentially damaging source of BPA cannot be allowed to remain in the marketplace, where everyone is being exposed unknowingly.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S. 4903 Environmental Conservation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect on October 1, 2015.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3608 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 7, 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 use of thermal paper receipts or cash 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. Section 37-0503 of the environmental conservation law, as added by chapter 280 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: S 37-0503. Definitions. As used in this title
[,]: 1. "child care product" means all pacifiers and unfilled beverage containers to be used by children under three years old for the consump- tion of liquids including pacifiers, baby bottles, baby bottle liners and cups, cup lids, straws and sippy cups. 2. "THERMAL RECEIPT PAPER" OR "CASH RECEIPT PAPER" MEANS ANY PAPER THAT IS USED BY A COMMERCIAL ENTITY TO ISSUE A MECHANICALLY PRODUCED RECORD OF A COMMERCIAL TRANSACTION. S 2. The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new section 37-0508 to read as follows: S 37-0508. THERMAL RECEIPT PAPER. NO PERSON SHALL MANUFACTURE, SELL, OFFER FOR SALE OR DISTRIBUTE IN THIS STATE ANY THERMAL RECEIPT PAPER OR CASH REGISTER PAPER THAT CONTAINS BISPHENOL-A. S 3. This act shall take effect October 1, 2015. Effective immediate- ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on or before such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08395-01-3