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Amendment

 

February Session, 2012

LCO No. 5395

   
 

*SB0044005395SRO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. RORABACK, 30th Dist.

REP. CHAPIN, 67th Dist.

 

To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 440

File No. 377

Cal. No. 282

(As Amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A")

Strike section 2 in its entirety and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective January 1, 2013) (a) For the purposes of this section:

(1) "Established lawn" means any area of ground that is covered with any species of grass for two or more growing seasons and that is customarily kept mowed;

(2) "Golf course" means an area solely designated for the play or practice of the game of golf, including, but not limited to, surrounding grounds, trees and ornamental beds; and

(3) "Impervious surface" means any structure, surface or improvement that reduces or prevents absorption of stormwater into land, including, but not limited to, porous paving, paver blocks, gravel, crushed stone, decks, patios and elevated structures.

(b) Notwithstanding chapter 427a of the general statutes, no person shall apply fertilizer, as defined in section 22-111b of the general statutes, any soil amendment, as defined in section 22-111aa of the general statutes, or any compost that contains phosphate to an established lawn, except when: (1) A soil testing method approved by the Commissioner of Agriculture and performed within the previous two years indicates the soil is lacking in phosphorus and fertilizer, soil amendments or compost containing phosphate is needed for the growth of such lawn, or (2) such fertilizer, soil amendment or compost containing phosphate is used for establishing new grass or repairing such lawn with seed or sod.

(c) The provisions of this section shall not apply to: (1) Property classified as agricultural land, as defined in section 22-26bb of the general statutes, or (2) a golf course.

(d) Notwithstanding subsection (b) of this section, no person shall apply any fertilizer, as defined in section 22-111b of the general statutes, soil amendment, as defined in section 22-111aa of the general statutes, or compost that contains phosphate to any lawn during the period beginning December first and ending March fifteenth of the following year.

(e) Notwithstanding chapters 427a and 441 of the general statutes and subsections (b) and (d) of this section, no person shall apply any fertilizer, as defined in section 22-111b of the general statutes, soil amendment, as defined in section 22-111aa of the general statutes, or compost that contains phosphate to any portion of a lawn that is located twenty feet or less from any brook, stream, river, lake, pond, sound or any other body of water, except if such fertilizer, soil amendment or compost is applied with the use of a drop spreader, rotary spreader with a deflector or targeted spray liquid, such application may occur on any portion of lawn that is located not less than fifteen feet from any such brook, stream, river, lake, pond, sound or any other body of water.

(f) No person shall apply any fertilizer, as defined in section 22-111b of the general statutes, soil amendment, as defined in section 22-111aa of the general statutes, or compost that contains phosphate to any impervious surface.

(g) For use by the general public or posting and distribution at retail points of sale, the Commissioner of Agriculture may approve consumer information on use restrictions and best practices for fertilizer, soil amendments and compost that contain phosphate.

(h) The Commissioner of Agriculture may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54 of the general statutes, to implement the provisions of this section.

(i) Any person who violates subsection (b), (d), (e), (f) or (g) of this section shall be assessed a civil penalty by the Commissioner of Agriculture of five hundred dollars. "