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Group forms opposition to California copper-paint ban

Recreational Boaters of California is encouraging the state’s boaters to express their opposition to SB 623, which would prohibit recreational boaters from using copper-based antifouling paints on the hulls of their boats to prevent marine organisms from growing there.

The bill is expected to pass the state Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday without a vote and without testimony. The bill would then be taken up on the Senate floor by June 3, the deadline for the bill to pass the Senate.

SB 623 would place into law a statewide ban on copper-based hull coatings. The bill would impose:

• A Jan. 1, 2015, ban on the sale of new recreational boats with antifouling paint containing copper

• A Jan. 1, 2019, ban on the use or application of these paints.

“RBOC is opposed to SB 623, as amended on April 25, unless the bill is revised to ensure that any deadline upon which the state’s recreational boaters will not be able to use copper-based antifouling paints does not take effect until there are alternatives that are effective, available and affordable,” the group said in a statement.

Click here for a sample letter that boaters can sign and fax to (916) 441-3520 for delivery to the Capitol.

From the address that boaters provide, the group will identify their senators and forward the letter.

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