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."