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The legislature finds that:
(1) Brake friction material is an essential component of motor vehicle brakes and is critically important to transportation safety and public safety in general;
(2) Debris from brake friction material containing copper and its compounds is generated and released to the environment during normal operation of motor vehicle brakes;
(3) Thousands of pounds of copper and other substances released from brake friction material enter Washington state's streams, rivers, and marine environment every year; and
(4) Copper is toxic to many aquatic organisms, including salmon.
[ 2010 c 147 § 1. Formerly RCW 70.285.010.]
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