CalTIA Supports RV Holding Tank Chemical Ban

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May 12, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

 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,” Cooke said.

For additional commentary, statistics and sources on the latest issues involving campgrounds, RV parks and resorts or for leads on parks in your news coverage area, please contact Debbie Sipe at the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) at (530) 885-1624 or (530) 906-4592 (cell) or visit

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