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The people of New York are ready to Give Water a Brake! and see a law passed that will ban copper and other hazardous materials from brake pads in automobiles.

Every time you hit the brake pedal when you’re driving, materials are worn off the pads in the form of brake dust. This eventually winds up in the environment, contaminating our precious water resources. Copper pollution disrupts the sensory systems of fish and other aquatic organisms that are at the base of our food chain.

The proposed bill would set baseline concentrations for the amount of antimony, copper, nickel and zinc allowed in brake friction material.  The bill will also establish compliance standards for brake pad manufacturers.

Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh

Senator Martin Dilan

The bill that was introduced to the Senate and Assembly in 2011 will be reintroduced in the new session that will begin in January, 2013.  Senator Martin Malavé Dilan and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh are the main supporters of this bill.

The office of Senator Dilan has told us that he is passionate about this bill. The only changes that will be made to the bill before it is reintroduced is revising the dates to reflect the two year time period that has passed since the bill was initially introduced. We’ll have more information on this bill when the Senate and Assembly is back in session in January, 2013.

Click here for details on the bill.


Give Water a Brake! is sponsored by FDP Brakes, manufacturer of EcoStop, the only copper-free ceramic brake pad currently on the market.

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