OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5188

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MORATORIUM ON THE USE OF RECYCLED TIRE RUBBER AT MUNICIPAL AND PUBLIC SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS.

SUMMARY

Starting October 1, 2018, this bill imposes a moratorium on installing ground cover made with any material that contains shredded or ground rubber recycled from motor vehicle tires (“crumb rubber”) on a municipal or public school playground. It exempts from the moratorium crumb rubber installations subject to contracts entered into before July 1, 2018.

Under the bill, the moratorium remains in effect until the federal Environmental Protection Agency, National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Consumer Product Safety Commission release the findings of the Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds.

The federal agencies initiated this plan in February 2016 to study the potential environmental and human health impacts of crumb rubber, including from its use on playground surfaces. The agencies expect to release the final report summarizing study results in mid-2018.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2018

COMMITTEE ACTION

Committee on Children

Joint Favorable

Yea

7

Nay

6

(03/01/2018)