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S.12

AN ACT RELATING TO LIMITING THE APPLICATION OF GRANULAR FERTILIZERS TO NONAGRICULTURAL TURF

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  6 V.S.A. § 370 is amended to read:

§ 370.  PUBLICATION; CONSUMER INFORMATION REGARDING

            FERTILIZER USE ON NONARICULTURAL TURF

(a)  The secretary shall publish on an annual basis:

(1)  information concerning the distribution of fertilizers and limes;

(2)  results of analyses based on official samples of fertilizers and lime distributed within the state as compared with guaranteed analyses required pursuant to the terms of this chapter.

(b)(1)  The secretary, in consultation with the University of Vermont extension service, fertilizer industry representatives, lake groups, and other interested or affected parties, shall produce information for distribution to the general public with respect to the following:

(A)  problems faced by the waters of the state because of discharges of phosphorus;

(B)  an explanation of the extent to which phosphorus exists naturally in the soil;

(C)  voluntary best management practices for the use on

nonagricultural turf of fertilizers containing phosphorus; and

(D)  best management practices for residential sources of phosphorus.

(2)  The secretary shall develop the information required under this subsection and make it available to the general public in the manner deemed most effective, which may include:

(A)  conspicuous posting at the point of retail sale of fertilizer containing phosphorus, according to recommendations for how that conspicuous posting may best take place;

(B)  public service announcements by means of electronic media;

(C)  other methods deemed by the secretary to be likely to be effective.

(3)  The secretary shall develop proposed criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of the program and shall present them to legislative committees on natural resources and energy and on agriculture by no later than January 1, 2007.  By no later than July 1, 2007, the secretary shall hold one or more public information meetings to obtain the input of the public on a draft assessment of the effectiveness of this section in increasing the use of best management practices in the use of fertilizers on nonagricultural turf.  By no later than December 1, 2008, the secretary shall provide those legislative committees with a final assessment of the effectiveness of this subsection, which shall include an analysis of the extent to which the information developed under this subsection has been effectively provided to and relied upon by retail customers who purchase fertilizers containing phosphorus and shall include any recommendations for making the program more effective.

Sec. 2.  10 V.S.A. § 1266b is added to read:

§ 1266b.  PHOSPHORUS USE REDUCTION

(a)  Consumer information on dishwasher detergents that contain no more than a trace amount of phosphorus.

(1)  The secretary of natural resources, in consultation with detergent industry representatives, groups interested in water quality issues, and other interested citizens, shall develop information for distribution to the general public with respect to the following:

(A)  problems faced by the waters of the state because of discharges of phosphorus;

(B)  an explanation of the extent to which discharges of phosphorus result from the use of specified consumer products, in general, and the extent to which they result from phosphorus-containing dishwasher detergents in particular;

(C)  a list of the brand names of dishwasher detergents, whether carried by a particular retailer or not, that contain no more than a trace amount of phosphorus.

(2)  The secretary shall develop the information required under this subsection and make it available to the general public in the manner deemed most effective, which may include:

(A)  conspicuous posting at the point of retail sale of dishwasher detergents, according to recommendations for how that conspicuous posting may best take place;

(B)  public service announcements by means of electronic media;

(C)  other methods deemed by the secretary to be likely to be effective.

(b)  Assessment of effectiveness of consumer education program.  The secretary shall develop proposed criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of the education program established under this section and shall present them to the legislative committees on natural resources and energy by no later than January 1, 2007.  By no later than July 1, 2007, the secretary shall hold one or more public information meetings to obtain the input of the public on a draft assessment of the effectiveness of this section in reducing the use of dishwashing detergents that contain more than a trace amount of phosphorus.  By no later than December 1, 2008, the secretary shall provide those legislative committees with a final assessment of the effectiveness of this section, which shall include an analysis of the extent to which the information developed under this section has been effectively provided to and relied upon by retail customers who purchase dishwasher detergents and shall include any recommendations for making the program more effective.

Sec. 3.  APPROPRIATION

The sum of $25,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund for fiscal year 2007 to the secretary of agriculture, food and markets for purposes of implementing the provisions of this act that pertain to fertilizers.  The sum of $25,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund for fiscal year 2007 to the secretary of natural resources for purposes of implementing the provisions of this act that pertain to dishwasher detergent.

 



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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