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Bill Would Ban Phosphorus From Dish Detergent

Law360 (June 11, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- U.S. House of Representatives Democrat Brian Higgins, who hails from New York, has introduced legislation that would ban the use of phosphorus in dishwasher detergents.

Introduced Wednesday, H.R. 2775 would prohibit, as a banned hazardous substance, certain household dishwasher detergent containing phosphorus.

"Phosphorus loading of surface waters can stimulate the growth of weeds and algae," according to the bill. "Such growth can have adverse environmental, health and aesthetic effects."

The bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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