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                                                                  AB 1930
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          AB 1930 (De La Torre)
          As Amended  July 15, 2010
          Majority vote
          |ASSEMBLY:  |76-0 |(June 2, 2010)  |SENATE: |32-1 |(August 12,    |
          |           |     |                |        |     |2010)          |
           Original Committee Reference:    E.S. & T.M.  

           SUMMARY  :   Prohibits the manufacture, sale, offering for sale or  
          offering for promotional purposes of glass beads containing  
          arsenic or lead above a specified level if those beads will be  
          used with blasting equipment.  

           The Senate amendments  clarify standards; define "modified;"  
          clarify labeling requirements and sunset the requirements of the  
          bill on January 1, 2015.  

           EXISTING LAW  :  

          1)Authorizes, pursuant to the Green Chemistry statutes (Health  
            and Safety Code 25251 et. seq.), authorizes the Department of  
            Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to take regulatory action to  
            limit exposure or to reduce the level of hazard posed by a  
            chemical of concern.

          2)Lists, pursuant to Proposition 65 (the Safe Drinking Water and  
            Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986), lists lead as a substance that  
            can cause reproductive damage, birth defects and cancer and  
            arsenic as a chemical that can cause cancer and reproductive  

           AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY  , this bill was similar to the version  
          passed by the Senate.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :   According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee, this bill would incur annual enforcement costs,  
          beginning in 2010, ranging from $27,000 to $107, 000 (Hazardous  
          Waste Control Account.)

           COMMENTS  :  According to the author, "Glass beads are pulverized  
          when they are blown out of an air compressor to treat surfaces  
          or for other industrial purposes.  The resulting dust,  


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          containing excessive levels of heavy metals, is inhaled by  
          employees or blown into the air potentially contaminating soil  
          and/or water.  The U.S. military recognized the danger of glass  
          beads containing toxic levels of arsenic and lead and  
          established a standard to ensure that soldiers, civilians, and  
          the environment were safe from contamination.  In order to  
          protect individuals and the environment, AB 1930 will conform  
          California with the U.S. military standard."

          As part of the Green Chemistry Initiative, the Governor signed  
          AB 1879 (Feuer and Huffman) Chapter 559, Statutes of 2008, into  
          law, which should yield a comprehensive process to identify and  
          regulate chemicals of concern in consumer products.  This bill  
          would enable DTSC to further regulate glass beads under the  
          Green Chemistry statutes.

          Analysis Prepared by  :    Shannon McKinney / E.S. & T.M. / (916)  
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