ABBRA objects to California copper-paint bill

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The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association is raising concerns about a proposed California bill that would make it unlawful to manufacture, sell or distribute marine antifouling paints that contain copper in the state after Jan. 1, 2015.


The bill, introduced by state Sen. Christine Kehoe, would require manufacturers to use the least toxic alternative when replacing the copper in marine antifouling paint.

In a letter to the Unified Port of San Diego, association president Pam Lendzion urged the director of Environmental and Land Use Management to exclude “transient vessels” from draft amendments to the bill.

“I am especially concerned about the negative economic impact of SB 623 on our California member yards,” Lendzion wrote. “The added difficulty created by SB 623 will make foreign ports and the U.S. East Coast more attractive to foreign-flagged transient vessels. The yachts will not consider a California yard for their refit and repair work if [those yards] cannot apply the antifouling paints that can be applied in foreign countries and on the U.S. East Coast.”

Click here to contact Kehoe about the bill.


2 comments on “ABBRA objects to California copper-paint bill


    i personally do not see anything wrong with SB 623. we at ZYREX HIGH PERFORMANCE BOTTOM COATINGS have been without any metals in our coating since the very beginning of our product in the mid 80’s. we are enviorenmentally friendly and our coatings do not leach into the water.

  2. Paul Kaplan

    It is very important to note that ABBRA’s letter is not in opposition to the issues relating to copper and protecting the environment but rather how this law will be applied. The core issue being, that until such time as copper is banned on a broad basis there is little benefit in prohibiting the application of copper based paints on vessels that are transiting through California and wish to have service work performed.

    ABBRA is requesting the law provide a “Exception Certificate” provision that will allow businesses in California to apply copper based paints on vessels that are not registered in California. This is a simple solution to an important law that will ultimately benefit the sport, our industry and the environment.

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