Senate Bill 6210, sponsored by Sen. Lovelett, was passed by the state House of Representatives and the Senate. It was signed into law on March 18, 2020. House Bill 2385 is sponsored by Rep. Chapman and had a public hearing in the House Committee on Environment & Energy.
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Copper is commonly used in antifouling paints to keep the hulls of boats free of barnacles and slime, which decrease performance and can damage the boat's surface. The same properties that make copper an effective ingredient in antifouling coatings, however, can lead to environmental harm when the paint wears away or flakes off. Copper has also been linked to toxicity in salmon, where it can affect their sense of smell and ability to detect predators.
Reducing these threats was the intent of the 2018 legislation. However, our investigation indicated that alternative biocidal ingredients pose threats of their own, and that additional research is needed to find the right balance between performance and environmental protection.