2015 Legislation – SB 47 – Analyzing the Health and Environmental Impact of Turf

SB 47 would have required and funded a study to analyze the environmental and health impacts of synthetic turf.

Updated 7/6/15

What SB 47 Says

This bill would require and fund a study to analyze the environmental and health impacts of synthetic turf. ECHO believes that the Legislature should establish the safety of these artificial turf products before requiring HOAs to permit them (see AB 349).

Full Summary of SB 47

This bill was held in committee and is no longer being considered for 2015. From the Legislative Counsel’s Digest:

This bill would require the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, by July 1, 2017, in consultation with the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, the State Department of Public Health, and the Department of Toxic Substances Control, to prepare and provide to the Legislature and post on the office’s Internet Web site a study analyzing synthetic turf, as defined, for potential adverse health impacts. The bill would require the study to include certain information, including a hazard analysis of exposure to the chemicals that may be found in synthetic turf, as provided. The bill would prohibit a public or private school or local government, until January 1, 2018, from installing, or contracting for the installation of, a new field or playground surface made from synthetic turf within the boundaries of a public or private school or public recreational park,unless 3 specified conditions are met, including that the public or private school or local government has obtained at least one estimate from a company that does not use crumb rubber in its turf field and playground products, as provided.