The California Travel Industry Association (CalTIA) is
backing proposed legislation that would force the state to ban the use
of six chemicals that have proven to be capable of damaging various
types of septic systems while posing significant threats to groundwater
supplies, according to a news release.
The legislation, AB 1824, would ban the use of
holding tank products containing bronopol, dowicil, formaldehyde,
glutaraldehyde, paraformaldehyde and para-dichlorobenzene. The bill,
which has already cleared the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety
and Toxic Materials as well as the Assembly Appropriations Committee,
could go to the full floor of the Assembly floor as early as next week.
“Toxic chemicals, like those used in many common RV toilet
additives, kill the natural bio-organisms and cause the septic systems
to fail, causing sewage to seep into surrounding soil and groundwater,”
CalTIA legislative advocate Teresa Cooke wrote in a letter to Felipe
Fuentes, chairman of the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
“AB 1824 will help keep the state’s groundwater clean, and benefit
hundreds of small businesses throughout the state, potentially saving
them tens of thousands of dollars that would otherwise be spent on
repairing or replacing their parks’ septic systems.”
Nineteen chemicals are already banned in state regulations. “AB
1824 will simply clarify that six additional chemicals cannot be used in
RV toilet additives for the same reasons as the 19 currently banned,”