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Bill would ban six chemicals in RV holding tank products

California Assembly Member Bill Monning (D-Santa Cruz) has introduced legislation that would force the state to ban the use of six non-biodegradable toxic chemicals in the toilets or holding tanks of boats and recreational vehicles.

The legislation, AB 1824, would ban the use of holding tank products containing bronopol, dowicil, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, paraformaldehyde and para-dichlorobenzene. These chemicals have proven to be capable of damaging various types of septic systems while posing significant threats to groundwater supplies.

“We fully support this legislation and think it will encourage businesses to step up their marketing and distribution of environmentally friendly holding tank products in California,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

Sipe sent letters to Wal-Mart, Camping World and other retailers and distributors of RV holding tank products early last year and asked them to carry environmentally friendly holding tank products instead of chemically based products.

“Perhaps after this legislation is approved,” Sipe said, “companies that market chemically-based holding tank products will see that they have more to gain, economically and otherwise, by marketing and distributing environmentally friendly holding tank products.”

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