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Copper brake pad ban has overwhelming support, except in E. Wash.

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- A new bill calls for an eventual phase out of copper in brakes. But most of our elected officials voted against it.

The thought is copper shavings get put on the road and then wash into rivers and could kill salmon.

But of the 18 legislators in the House and Senate to vote against the bill, seven are from the Mid-Columbia.

They are Rep. Brad Klippert (R-Kennewick,) Rep. Bruce Chandler (R- Granger,) Rep. Terry Nealey (R-Dayton,) Rep. David Taylor (R- Moxee,) Sen. Jerome Delvin (R-Richland,) Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside,) and Sen. Mark Schoesler (R- Ritzville.)

Their reasons against it include their opinion brake pad regulations should be a national issue not a state issue.

The law doesn't take effect until 2021.

The bill passed in the House 86-12 and 40-6 in the Senate.  

 

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