OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5139

AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF RECYCLED TIRE RUBBER AT MUNICIPAL AND PUBLIC SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS.

SUMMARY:

This bill prohibits, starting October 1, 2016, installing crumb rubber ground cover on municipal and public school playgrounds, unless a contract for such installation was entered into before that date.

Under the bill, “crumb rubber” is any material that contains shredded or ground rubber recycled from motor vehicle tires.

By law, a “municipal playground” is an outdoor area owned or controlled by any town, city, or borough, consolidated town and city or consolidated town and borough that is designated, dedicated, and customarily used by children for playing, including any such area that contains a swing set, slide, climbing structure, playset, or device or object upon which children play. Playgrounds on school premises (to which the bill's prohibition also applies) are not considered municipal playgrounds.

The bill's prohibition does not apply to fields or open spaces used primarily for sporting activities (athletic fields).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2016

BACKGROUND

Federal Crumb Rubber Study

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are collaborating to address concerns about the safety of crumb rubber used as ground cover for playing fields.

EPA says the agencies anticipate releasing a draft status report by the end of 2016 which will, among other things, summarize the agencies' progress in “conducting an initial evaluation of potential cancer and non-cancer toxicity” of the materials in crumb rubber.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Committee on Children

Joint Favorable

Yea

10

Nay

1

(02/25/2016)