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                   Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary
                           Senator Christine Kehoe, Chair

                                           1930 (De La Torre)
          
          Hearing Date:  08/02/2010           Amended: 07/15/2010
          Consultant:  Brendan McCarthy   Policy Vote: EQ 7-0
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          BILL SUMMARY: AB 1930 prohibits the manufacture or sale of glass  
          beads for use in certain kinds of blasting, if the beads contain  
          more than 75 parts per million of arsenic or 100 parts per  
          million of lead.
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                            Fiscal Impact (in thousands)

           Major Provisions         2010-11      2011-12       2012-13     Fund
           
          Enforcement costs      $27        $107        $71       Special  
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          * Hazardous Waste Control Account.
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          STAFF COMMENTS: 
          
          Small glass beads are used in a variety of industrial practices  
          such as surface preparation for cleaning, finishing and  
          deburring aluminum and stainless steel, removing residues from  
          automobile parts, and removing calcium deposits from swimming  
          pools, amongst other uses. Typically, the item being treated is  
          blasted with very small glass beads, which are pulverized in the  
          process. If the glass beads are contaminated with harmful  
          chemicals, those chemicals may be ingested by workers or escape  
          into the environment.

          AB 1930 prohibits the manufacture or sale of glass beads that  
          have more than 75 parts per million of arsenic or 100 parts per  
          million of lead, if the glass beads are going to be used with  
          pressure, suction, or wet- or dry- type blasting equipment.

          The bill requires each container of glass beads sold in the  
          state for surface preparation that will be used with pressure,  
          suction, or wet- or dry- type blasting equipment to be labeled  
          with the arsenic and lead limits required under the bill.











          The bill specifies that it does not limit or supersede any  
          authority under the state's ongoing "Green Chemistry" initiative  
          (AB 1879, Feuer, Chapter 599, Statutes of 2008) through which  
          the Department of Toxic Substances Control is required to  
          prioritize chemicals for review and regulation to protect human  
          health.

          AB 1930 will sunset on January 1, 2015.

          The Department indicates that it will require testing equipment  
          and a part-time position to respond to complaints and test  
          samples to ensure compliance with the bill's requirements.