California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a controversial bill that would have prohibited the sale and use of a number of holding tank chemicals containing six specific chemicals employed in holding tank deodorants utilized in waste facilities and toilets on boats and recreational vehicles, states a release generated on behalf of one of the bill’s key opponents, Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thetford Corp.
“The decision was reached after considerable input from those who would have been most impacted throughout the industry,” the release states.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) had joined Thetford in opposing the bill, which would have banned formulas containing bronopol, dowicil, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, paraformaldehyde and paradichlorobenzene. And RV and marine supplier Dometic Corp., Elkhart, Ind., a key competitor of Thetford’s, had also taken exception to the bill and had sought to have it amended to eliminate one chemical — bronopol.
Opponents felt that the state needed better science – more proof – that these chemicals are fouling up septic systems in the state. Thetford contended that use patterns – the fact that many people often dump holding tanks in a short period of time – is a more serious root cause of septic system problems.
The bill, backed by the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC), was vetoed despite a relatively strong reception from the state’s law makers.
“Thetford is very grateful for all the distributors, RV dealers, RVIA and other concerned industry organizations that rallied together and helped to provide education and understanding regarding this bill,” Thetford Vice President of Sales and Marketing Kevin Phillips states in the release. “Without them, this veto, which preserves consumer choice in RV deodorants, may not have been achieved.”