Bendix Backs State Regs To Cut Copper In Brake Friction Materials

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC said it “applauds the recent state laws passed in California and Washington that reduce the amount of copper allowed in brake friction materials beginning in 2021.” The company noted that its Bendix brand of foundation drum brakes currently meet those new state mandates.

“We commend the lawmakers and the other parties involved who worked hard to bring the legislation to fruition,” said Walt Frankiewicz, president of Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake. “These laws address key environmental needs and, most importantly, bring greater attention to the commercial vehicles used on our nation’s roadways.”

In March of this year, Washington became the first state to pass legislation in an effort to protect its waterways from the runoff of toxic copper brake dust. California’s bill became law in September. Bendix noted that similar legislation is being pursued in Rhode Island and New York.

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