Health and Safety

CHAPTER 23-18.10
Prohibition of Products Containing Chlorofluorocarbons Products

SECTION 23-18.10-1

§ 23-18.10-1 Findings.

The general assembly has found and declares that:

(1) Available scientific evidence indicates a strong probability that the family of substances known as chlorofluorocarbons, when discharged into the atmosphere, degrade the earth's protective layer of ozone, allowing increased amounts of ultraviolet radiation to penetrate the atmosphere, posing an acute and immediate danger to human health, life, and the environment. Available scientific evidence indicates the strong possibility that the resulting increase in human exposure to ultraviolet radiation may already have caused an increase in the incidence of skin cancers and other serious illnesses.

(2) There are substitutes for products containing chlorofluorocarbons currently available which do not use chlorofluorocarbons in their manufacture.

(3) The people of the state support international, federal, and state bans on all uses of chlorofluorocarbons not deemed absolutely essential.

(4) It is the intent of the general assembly to reduce the amount of CFC-processed products purchased and used by the people of Rhode Island, and thereby to reduce the health hazards created by the manufacture of these products.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1988, ch. 365, § 1.)