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California Amends Copper Bill Following Negotiations

August 24, 2010

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California has amended a bill that restricts the amount of copper in brake friction material sold in the state, following negotiations between the Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association, environmentalists and automakers.
With the amendment, manufacturers can deplete their inventory of non-compliant materials until Dec. 31, 2023.
With the amendment, manufacturers can deplete their inventory of non-compliant materials until Dec. 31, 2023.


Under the change, motor vehicle manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers or retailers of replacement brake friction materials can deplete their inventory of non-compliant materials until Dec. 31, 2023.

In addition, the newest version does not include third-party testing requirements, according to MEMA.

California Senate bill 346 would require brake manufacturers to cut the amount of copper by certain concentrations. It would take effect Jan. 1, 2014.



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