AN ACT CONCERNING THE BAN OF CERTAIN POLYBROMINATED DIPHENYL ETHERS.
AN ACT CONCERNING THE BAN OF CERTAIN POLYBROMINATED DIPHENYL ETHERS.
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SB-785

AN ACT CONCERNING THE BAN OF CERTAIN POLYBROMINATED DIPHENYL ETHERS.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 06 $

FY 07 $

Consumer Protection, Dept.

GF - Cost

56,954

54,454

Comptroller Misc. Accounts (Fringe Benefits)

GF - Cost

26,220

26,220

Department of Environmental Protection

GF - Cost

See Below

See Below

Public Health, Dept.

GF - None

None

None

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill authorizes the Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) to designate officers or employees to enter and inspect factories, stores, or vehicles, in which products containing more than 1% of penta- or octa-polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) are manufactured, processed, sold, or held. In order to implement the inspection provisions of the bill, DCP will incur costs of $49,472 in FY 06 and FY 07 for one Inspector and $4,982 for other expenses and equipment. 1 Furthermore, in FY 06, DCP will incur one-time start-up costs of $2,500.

Requiring the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to review relevant risk assessments of polybrominated diphenyl ether would increase costs to the Department by a minimum of $30,000. Performance of a basic assessment for each individual chemical costs approximately $10,000. The exact impact would depend upon the number of chemical mixtures reviewed and how many were looked at by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the European Union and is unknown at this time. Under current statute, the DEP is not the agency responsible for undertaking risk assessments.

The Department of Public Health can consult with the DEP within their normal duties and current budgetary resources.

1 The fringe benefit costs for state employees are budgeted centrally in the Miscellaneous Accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated fringe benefit reimbursement rate as a percentage of payroll is 53. 91%, effective July 1, 2004. However, first year fringe benefit costs for new positions do not include pension costs lowering the rate to 22. 65%. The state's pension contribution is based upon the prior year's certification by the actuary for the State Employees Retirement System.