BILL ANALYSIS                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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          Date of Hearing:   May 19, 2010

                                Felipe Fuentes, Chair

                 AB 1930 (De La Torre) - As Amended:  April 29, 2010 

          Policy Committee:                              Environmental  
          Safety and Toxic Materials                    Vote: 9-0

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          Yes    Reimbursable:              No


          This bill prohibits the sale of glass beads, used for blasting  
          equipment, that contain specified amount of arsenic or lead.    
          Specifically, this bill:

          1)Prohibits the sale of glass beads, used for blasting  
            equipment, that contain 75 parts per million (ppm) or more of  
            arsenic or 100 ppm or more of lead, by weight.

          2)Specifies that packaging for glass beads be labeled as  
            follows:  Glass bead contents contain less than 75 ppm arsenic  
            and less than 100 ppm lead, as determined by EPA Method 3052  
            and EPA Method 6010C or a generally accepted instrumental  
            method with traceable standards.

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          1)One-time costs to DTSC in 2010-11 of approximately $50,000 for  
            education and outreach to affected manufacturers, retailers  
            and other interested parties (Hazardous Waste Control Account  

          2)One-time costs to DTSC in 2011-12 of approximately $50,000 to  
            purchase equipment used in enforcement (HWCA).

          3)Ongoing costs to DTSC beginning in 2011-12 of approximately  
            $100,000 to conduct testing, analysis and enforcement (HWCA).


           1)Rationale  .  The author intends this bill to create a  


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            California glass bead standard that conforms with the United  
            States military standard, thereby protecting workers from  
            breathing toxics and preventing contamination of soil and  

           2)Background  .  Glass beads are used for a variety of purposes,  
            including for use with pressure or suction blasting equipment  
            or wet-type or dry-type blasting equipment.  Such equipment is  
            used for surface preparation for cleaning, peening, finishing  
            and deburring of aluminum and stainless steel products and  
            medical instruments, to finish eye glass frames, to remove  
            residues on automotive parts and to remove calcium buildup at  
            the water line of swimming pools.  In addition, glass beads  
            are used as reflective material in roadway striping.  This  
            bill, however, this bill does not affect glass beads used for  
            purposes other than blasting. 

           3)Related Legislation  .  AB 2251 (Cook, 2008)  sought to prohibit  
            the manufacture and sale of reflective glass beads used as  
            light-reflecting markings on roadways if those glass beads  
            contain inorganic arsenic in more than 75 ppm or an amount  
            adopted by the Department of Transportation.  The bill was  
            held by this committee.  

           4)Support  .  This bill is supported by several domestic industry  
            groups, who contend foreign-made, lower-cost glass beads often  
            contain dangerous levels of arsenic and lead.

           5)There is no registered opposition to this bill.  

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Jay Dickenson / APPR. / (916) 319-2081