The US State of South Carolina recently amended the existing ban on phosphates in cleaning agentsOn 6 March 2012, the State of South Carolina enacted ACT 120, which amended the existing laws (Section 44-53-50, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976) governing phosphates in cleaning agents. This amended law now includes certain household cleaners, which includes dish detergents as well as commercial laundry. The effective date is dependent on the nature of the cleaning agent and starts July 2012.
Per the section, a manufacturer, or distributer cannot sell cleaning agents in the state of South Carolina that contains more than 0.05% by weight of phosphate, which is expressed as elemental phosphorus. Cleaning agents are defined as any household or commercial laundry detergent, dishwashing compound, household cleaner, household or commercial dishwashing detergent, metal cleaner, industrial cleaner, phosphate compound, or other substance that is intended to be used for cleaning purposes.
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