California drops copper-paint-ban bill

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Recreational Boaters of California supports a decision by state Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) to abandon a bill that would ban the use of copper-based antifouling paint.

“In all probability the bill would have resulted in a ban on the use of copper-based hull paints by recreational boaters,” RBOC president Cleve Hardaker said in a statement.

Kehoe opted not to pursue SB 623, legislation that she authored.

The RBOC said Thursday that it has been actively lobbying to have the bill tabled. In September the group worked to delay action on it while continuing discussions with marine, environmental and other stakeholders.

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