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The California legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit the use of certain chemicals in RV holding tank deodorants. AB 1824, sponsored by Assemblyman Bill Monning, would ban the use of holding tank products containing bronopol, dowicil, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, paraformaldehyde and para-dichlorobenzene.

The California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds and California Travel Industry Association have supported the bill, claiming that the chemicals kill the natural bio-organisms and cause the septic systems to fail, resulting in sewage seeping into surrounding soil and groundwater.

The legislative history suggests that campground owners have promoted this legislation because a small number of them have been cited for non-compliance when their septic systems failed to work properly. It appears that the owners are blaming holding tank deodorants for these failures. Certain industry groups, including the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), have conducted research and say such claims have no scientific basis.

According to the RVIA, AB 1824 is not consistent with California’s “Green Chemistry” law, which mandates that a scientific body, rather than the Legislature, make judgments based upon sound science about what chemicals should be restricted.

FMCA has conducted no independent research on this matter and encourages each interested FMCA member who is a California resident to investigate the merits of the legislation.

AB 1824 is on a fast track to the Senate floor, and is likely to be considered during the first week of August 2010.

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