Boating group opposes copper-paint bill in California

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Recreational Boaters of California issued a "call to arms" to its members asking them to voice their opposition to a proposed state bill that would impose a Jan. 1, 2015, ban on the sale of new recreational boats with antifouling paint containing copper and a Jan. 1, 2019, ban on the use or application of these paints.

The bill - SB 623 - is scheduled to be heard Monday in the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality.

The group opposes the legislation "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."

Click here to view the full call to action.