Phosphorus ban in Utah stays in place

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Limits of phosphorus in detergent will likely remain in place in Utah after a split vote in a House committee, despite claims the restrictions cause spotty dishes. Republican Rep. Stephen Sandstrom of Orem says House Bill 246 is necessary because phosphorus gets dishes clean and, more importantly, sanitary. Sandstrom says he sponsored the bill because he heard dozens of complaints from constituents after the limit went into effect last summer. The bill was held Tuesday by the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee after a tie vote failed to advance it to the House floor. Democratic Rep. Joel Briscoe of Salt Lake City says the phosphorus ban is an important way to protect Utah’s waterway because retooling treatment plants to remove phosphorus is too expensive.

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