Governor signs bills to clean up Puget Sound, protect the environment

“I hope other states follow our lead in protecting the environment from toxics that harm marine life and our food chain, and help us prepare to better manage our marine resources for the future,” said Governor Chris Gregoire.
“These new laws will be a great help as we continue to implement the Puget Sound Action Agenda,” said David Dicks, executive director of the Puget Sound Partnership. “Washington is now the first state in the nation to begin the phase out of copper brake pads, which are a significant source of toxic materials in our environment, threatening the health of our streams, rivers and marine environment, particularity our threatened and endangered salmon.”
“The marine spatial planning bill makes our state a national leader on this issue. This proactive approach also puts us in a favorable position to receive federal funding to implement this important program,” said Dicks.
“We continue to lead the nation in protecting our environment for future generations. The brake pad bill shows that the products we use in our daily lives shouldn’t, and don’t have to, also harm the environment. We’re taking another step toward controlling the sources of pollution, so we don’t have to clean them up once they get into the environment,” said Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant. “We’re also getting a better understanding of our marine waters so we can grow and live alongside them without causing damage.”
“The Sound and our beautiful coastal waters are so critical to everyone in this state. We must do everything in our power to protect the precious environmental and economic resources,” said Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island, the prime sponsor of both measures. “These bills will go a long way toward keeping our waters clean and their usage fair, and I appreciate the strong support in the House, particularly from my seatmate, Representative Jeff Morris.”
“The passage of these bills is a great example of how varied interests can come together to help all of us in Washington. Puget Sound is a statewide resource and a treasure that we can and must protect and restore,” said Rep. Dave Upthegrove, D-Des Moines.
The phase out provision of this bill will allow brake pad manufacturers to follow an orderly process to ensure public safety as new materials are integrated in to the design and manufacturing of vehicle brake pads.
The copper brake pads legislation passed with the help of a collaborative approach involving the Puget Sound Partnership, Ecology, vehicle brake pad manufacturers and distributors, the automobile industry, environmental groups and other business interests.