California bill on copper paint delayed

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A California State bill that would regulate the use of copper anti-fouling paint within the state has been delayed until January at the earliest, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s Washington Wave.

California SB 623, sponsored by Christine Kehoe, would determine the maximum allowable leach rate for low-leach rate antifouling paints. The bill would also prohibit the selling or offering for sale of new recreational boats containing the antifouling paint containing copper after Jan 1, 2015.

SB 623, which has already passed in the California Senate, has been delayed while Kehoe meets with environmental and marine groups, including the Department of Pesticide Regulation, to discuss issues concerning the bill.

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