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HF 1502

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/23/2017 04:35pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to health; requiring the posting of signs at fields and playgrounds containing
crumb rubber; establishing a moratorium on construction of fields and playgrounds
using crumb rubber; requiring a report;proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 448.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [448.57] SIGNS REQUIRED AT CERTAIN ATHLETIC FIELDS AND
PLAYGROUNDS.
new text end

new text begin The owner or operator of an athletic field or playground containing crumb rubber that
is located on land leased or owned by a municipality shall post a sign in a conspicuous
location that is visible to individuals who use the facilities that states: "The Minnesota
Department of Health encourages all those using athletic fields and playgrounds containing
crumb rubber to observe the following recommendations:
new text end

new text begin 1. Wash hands and exposed body parts aggressively after playing on the field.
new text end

new text begin 2. Turn clothes inside out as soon as possible after using the field to avoid tracking dust
and infill to other locations.
new text end

new text begin 3. Keep beverages closed and in bags or coolers when not drinking to minimize
contamination from field dust and fibers.
new text end

new text begin 4. Be aware of signs of heat-related illness and dehydration. Fields can get excessively
hot on warm, sunny days. Take all necessary precautions."
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [448.58] ATHLETIC FIELDS AND PLAYGROUNDS; MORATORIUM;
DEFINITIONS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) The definitions in this subdivision apply to this section
and section 448.57.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Crumb rubber" means rubber processed from a waste tire into granules or larger
pieces that are loosely combined to form a nonuniform surface.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Municipality" has the meaning given in section 471.345.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Waste tire" has the meaning given in section 115A.90.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Moratorium. new text end

new text begin (a) No municipality may construct an athletic field or playground
containing crumb rubber until July 1, 2019.
new text end

new text begin (b) No athletic field or playground containing crumb rubber may be constructed on land
leased or owned by a municipality until July 1, 2019.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginREPORT ON HEALTH EFFECTS OF ATHLETIC FIELDS AND
PLAYGROUNDS CONSTRUCTED OF CRUMB RUBBER.
new text end

new text begin (a) The Department of Health shall, by July 1, 2019, submit a report to the chairs and
ranking minority members of the senate and house of representatives committees with
primary jurisdiction over health and environmental policy containing a summary and
evaluation of recent studies examining the effects on the environment and human health of
athletic fields and playgrounds containing crumb rubber, including a study currently being
conducted by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment under
contract to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. Issues that
must be addressed in the study include, but are not limited to:
new text end

new text begin (1) identifying chemicals released from crumb rubber from athletic fields and playgrounds
of various ages and under different weather conditions;
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new text begin (2) evaluating exposures to chemicals released from crumb rubber that may occur through
inhalation, ingestion, and contact with skin; and
new text end

new text begin (3) assessing what, if any, potential health risks are associated with use of athletic fields
and playgrounds constructed of crumb rubber.
new text end

new text begin (b) For the purposes of this section, "crumb rubber" means rubber processed from a
waste tire into granules or larger pieces that are loosely combined to form a nonuniform
surface.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end