BILL ANALYSIS 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 _________________________________________________________________ ____ 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. _________________________________________________________________ ____ Fiscal Impact (in thousands) Major Provisions 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Fund Enforcement costs $27 $107 $71 Special * * Hazardous Waste Control Account. _________________________________________________________________ ____ 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.