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Ecology Center issues non-lead wheel weight info

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The Non-Lead Wheel Weight Legislation packet was unveiled today by The Ecology Center. The Ecology Center is a leading group behind the lead-based wheel weight debate.

The group will circulate the packet through state legislatures throughout the first quarter of 2012. The Ecology Center expects the packet to make a significant impact with the issue of lead-based wheel weights.

The Ecology Center says that lead wheel balancing weights remain one of the largest ongoing uses and releases of lead into the environment in the United States. The vast majority of vehicles in the U.S still have lead-based wheel weights.

Internationally, the use of lead wheel weights has been banned in the European Union since 2005. In the U.S., the EPA has yet to implement any regulation of lead-wheel weight use.

However, to date seven states (Minnesota, Maine, Washington, Illinois, New York, Vermont and California) have implemented policies to phase-out the use of lead wheel weights. For more information, see Weighing-in on lead-free wheel weight legislation.

For more information on The Ecology Center and view the 115-page Non-Lead Wheel Weight Legislation packet, click here.

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