California board takes aim at copper paint use

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Copper paint is being cited as a pollutant in Marina del Rey by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board.

The board released a report on Nov. 5 saying copper is at unsafe levels in the harbor and seeks to reduce copper discharge from boats by 85 percent during the next 11 years,according to The Log newspaper.

Copper has been the active ingredient in antifouling bottom paint for decades, but it has come under fire in recent years. States such as Washington have banned its use, favoring non-biocide and zinc alternatives.

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