By: Ambrosia Brody
SACRAMENTO — The boater advocacy group Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC) has issued a “Call to Arms,” asking boaters to contact their elected representatives in the California Senate and Assembly. The organization seeks legislators’ support for EPA adoption of new standards for dissolved copper in saltwater — a move that could allow continued safe use of copper-based hull paints on recreational boats.
RBOC hopes the U.S. EPA Office of Water will be convinced to complete its review of the Copper Marine Biotic Ligand Model (BLM) for metals in saltwater, as soon as possible. The RBOC’s “Call to Arms” comes after the U.S. EPA announced that the BLM is on its “priority list” for completion for next year.