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Auto industry moves to reduce copper in brake pads

An MoU between the US EPA, the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) and motor vehicle industry associations will be the next step in the phased reduction of copper in automotive brake pads

In 2010, the US states of California and Washington passed laws mandating a reduction in the amount of copper used in automotive brake pads. The copper used in brake pads raised environmental concerns, owing to the metal dust that originates from said pads, which get washed into bodies of water. Copper is toxic to various aquatic species, including fish.

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