Bill S6080-2011

Relates to expanding the TRIS-free children and babies act

Relates to expanding the TRIS-free children and babies act; expands the definition of "TRIS" to include TDCPP (TRIS (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate).

Details

Actions

  • May 15, 2012: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Environmental Conservation - May 15, 2012
Ayes (10): Grisanti, LaValle, Maziarz, Young, Avella, Espaillat, Oppenheimer, Perkins, Serrano, Stewart-Cousins
Ayes W/R (3): Johnson, Little, O'Mara
Excused (1): Marcellino

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6080

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to expanding the TRIS-free children and babies act

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to limit children's exposure to certain chemicals.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would prohibit the use of TRIS (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP) in certain child care products.

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER: Amends subdivision 2 of §37-0703 of the Environmental Conservation Law.

JUSTIFICATION: TRIS is the common name for a family of chlorinated flame retardants. In 2011, the Legislature banned the use of TRIS (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) in child care products because of the risks TCEP poses to children's health.

In the 1970s, TRIS (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP) was used in children's sleepwear as a substitute for TRIS (2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate (TRIS-BP), which was banned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission because of potential health concerns. SUbsequent testing on TDCPP caused manufacturers to stop using TDCPP in children's sleepwear voluntarily. However, TDCPP is currently being used in plastics, resins and polyurethane foams found in car seats and baby products. TDCPP is not chemically bound to these products. As a result, TDCPP is present in indoor air and dust, in the environment, and in human tissue. Younger children, particularly babies, are especially vulnerable because of their smaller and developing bodies.

California recently added TDCPP to its Proposition 65 list, which lists "chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm," because of animal studies demonstrating TDCPP's adverse health effects.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is new legislation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect December 1, 2014.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6080 IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 4, 2012 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to expanding the TRIS-free children and babies act THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 37-0703 of the environmental conservation law, as added by chapter 259 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: 2. "TRIS" shall include TCEP (TRIS (2-chloroethyl) phosphate) AND TDCPP (TRIS (1,3-DICHLORO-2-PROPYL) PHOSPHATE). S 2. This act shall take effect December 1, 2014.

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