OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington is now the first state in the nation to ban copper-based bottom paint on recreational boats, according to a report from Three Sheets Northwest.
Gov. Chris Gregoire yesterday signed into a law a bill prohibiting the use of the paints on most recreational boats. Under the law, no new boats with copper-based bottom paint can be sold in Washington state after Jan. 1, 2018, and no paint with more than 0.5 percent copper can be used on recreation boats as of 2020. The law applies only to recreational boats 65 feet and under.
The law will be enforced by the state Department of Ecology, with fines of up to $10,000 for violations.
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