Bill Text: HI HB621 | 2015 | Regular Session | Amended

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Bill Title: Health; Environmental Protection; Synthetic Plastic Microbeads; Marine Life

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 7-0)

Status: (Enrolled - Dead) 2015-04-28 - Conference Committee Meeting will reconvene on Friday 05-01-15 11:00AM in conference room 225. [HB621 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2015-HB621-Amended.html

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

621

TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2015

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

 

 

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

 


     SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that synthetic plastic microbeads pose a serious threat to the natural environment.  Synthetic plastic microbeads are an ingredient in many personal care products and are used for exfoliating dead skin cells.  However, sewage waste treatment facilities are unable to filter synthetic plastic microbeads out of wastewater because of their small size.  As a result, synthetic plastic microbeads are often discharged into the ocean along with the treated wastewater where they absorb toxic pollutants in the water.  Marine life is endangered because fish and other wildlife easily swallow the synthetic plastic microbeads, potentially causing DNA damage and even death.

     The legislature also finds that the State has an interest in protecting its natural environment and decreasing the amount of waste flowing into its waters.  To address similar environmental concerns, Illinois recently enacted a gradual ban for the elimination of synthetic plastic microbeads from personal care products.  New York, California, and New Jersey have also introduced legislation banning microbeads.

     The purpose of this Act is to phase out, and ultimately prohibit, the manufacture and sale in Hawaii of personal care products that contain synthetic plastic microbeads.

     SECTION 2.  Chapter 342H, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

     "§342H-    Prohibition of synthetic plastic microbeads.  (a)  Beginning December 31, 2017, no person shall manufacture for sale in Hawaii a personal care product, except for an over-the-counter drug, that contains synthetic plastic microbeads.

     (b)  Beginning December 31, 2018, no person shall accept for sale a personal care product, except for an over-the-counter drug, that contains synthetic plastic microbeads.

     (c)  Beginning December 31, 2018, no person shall manufacture for sale in Hawaii an over-the-counter drug that contains synthetic plastic microbeads.

     (d)  Beginning December 31, 2019, no person shall accept for sale an over-the-counter drug that contains synthetic plastic microbeads.

     (e)  Any person who violates this section shall be liable for a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for the first violation of this section and a civil penalty of up to $2,500 for a second or subsequent violation of this section.

     (f)  The department shall adopt rules, pursuant to chapter 91, necessary for the purposes of implementing this section.

     (g)  This section shall preempt any ordinance or resolution of a municipality, county, or any other local government entity concerning synthetic plastic microbeads.

     (h)  As used in this section:

     "Over-the-counter drug" means a drug that is a personal care product that contains a label that identifies the product as a drug as required by 21 CFR 201.66.  An "over-the-counter drug" label includes a drug facts panel or a statement of the active ingredients with a list of those ingredients contained in the compound, substance, or preparation.

     "Personal care product" means any article intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body or any part thereof for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance, and any article intended for use as a component of the article.  "Personal care product" does not include any prescription drug.

     "Plastic" means a synthetic material made from linking monomers through a chemical reaction to create an organic polymer chain that can be molded or extruded at high heat into various solid forms retaining their defined shapes during life cycle and after disposal.

     "Synthetic plastic microbead" means any intentionally added non-biodegradable solid plastic particle measuring less than five millimeters in size and used to exfoliate or cleanse in a rinse-off product."

     SECTION 3.  This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.

     SECTION 4.  New statutory material is underscored.

     SECTION 5.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.


 


 

Report Title:

Health; Environmental Protection; Synthetic Plastic Microbeads; Marine Life

 

Description:

Gradually prohibits the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing synthetic plastic microbeads to protect marine life.  (HB621 HD1)

 

 

 

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