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California Bans Formaldehyde-based RV Toilet Chemicals

Originally Published in MotorHome Magazine

For years, the California Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (CalARVC) has been working with the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) to reach a solution to the problem of formaldehyde in toilet chemicals. The DTSC has decreed that: “Chemical toilet products sold and used in California to control holding tank odors and waste decomposition in recreational vehicles (RV), boats, campgrounds and RV parks, etc. are banned if they contain a non-biodegradable toxic chemical. While there are many banned non-biodegradable toxic chemicals, formaldehyde (commonly used to reduce odor in chemical toilet waste) has come to the attention of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and based on data that was reviewed, meets the criteria as a non-biodegradable toxic chemical substance. Any chemical toilet product containing formaldehyde in any concentration should not be sold or used in California.”

CalARVC.com and Camp-California.com, CalARVC will embark on a campaign to educate users of the recent determination. The new fact sheets can be found on the DTSC Web site. For additional information contact DTSC Headquarters at (916) 323-2678.

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