BILL REQ. #:  S-3534.1 


State of Washington61st Legislature2010 Regular Session

By Senators Keiser, Fairley, Rockefeller, Kohl-Welles, Kline, and Ranker

Read first time 01/11/10.   Referred to Committee on Health & Long-Term Care.

     AN ACT Relating to the use of bisphenol A; adding a new chapter to Title 70 RCW; and prescribing penalties.


NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1   The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
     (1) "Department" means the department of ecology.
     (2) "Metal can" means a single walled container that is manufactured from metal substrate designed to hold or pack food or beverages and sealed by can ends manufactured from metal substrate. The metal substrate for the can and the can ends must be equal to or thinner than 0.0149 inch.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2   Beginning July 1, 2011, no manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer may manufacture, knowingly sell, offer for sale, distribute for sale, or distribute for use in this state any of the following:
     (1) Any bottle, cup, or other container, except a metal can, that contains bisphenol A if that container is designed or intended to be filled with any liquid, food, or beverage primarily for consumption from that container by children three years of age or younger and is sold or distributed at retail without containing any liquid, food, or beverage; or
     (2) Any sports water bottle that contains bisphenol A.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3   (1) A manufacturer of products that are restricted under this chapter must notify persons that sell the manufacturer's products in this state about the provisions of this chapter no less than ninety days prior to the effective date of the restrictions.
     (2) A manufacturer that produces, sells, or distributes a product prohibited from manufacture, sale, or distribution in this state under this chapter shall recall the product and reimburse the retailer or any other purchaser for the product.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4   (1) A manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer that manufacturers, knowingly sells, or distributes products in violation of this chapter is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed five thousand dollars for each violation in the case of a first offense. Manufacturers, wholesalers, or retailers who are repeat violators are subject to a civil penalty not to exceed ten thousand dollars for each repeat offense. Penalties collected under this section must be deposited in the state toxics control account created in RCW 70.105D.070.
     (2) Retailers who unknowingly sell products that are restricted from sale under this chapter are not subject to the civil penalties under this chapter.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 5   Expenses to cover the cost of administering this chapter shall be paid from the toxics control account under RCW 70.105D.070.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 6   The department may adopt rules as necessary for the purpose of implementing, administering, and enforcing this chapter.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 7   Sections 1 through 6 of this act constitute a new chapter in Title 70 RCW.

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