Rob Eno, RedMassGroup:
Some of you may have seen the story about Spokane County in Washington banning phosphates in dishwasher detergent. The Associated Press via Yahoo had the story.
Supposedly the new phosphate free dish detergent does not effectively clean dishes. This has led to two things. First, the rewashing of dishes, using more energy and water. Secondly, the importing of contraband phosphates from Idaho.
Near the end of the story is a paragraph listing the states that will force their residents to use sub-standard dish detergent, yup you guessed it, we’re on the list!!
Among other states that have banned or are banning phosphates in dishwasher detergent are Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan, Vermont, Minnesota, Illinois, Massachusetts and New York. A bill on Capitol Hill would impose a nationwide ban.
I’ve tried to find when we’re getting hit with this ban. Looks like we’ve got one more item to smuggle in from New Hampshire. Just remember to pay your use tax!
The weekend water emergency in Toledo is over, as least for now. Yesterday, Toledo’s mayor took a big sip of H2O for the cameras, as he declared his city’s water supply safe. But Toledo is located near the shallow, flat, western basin of Lake Erie, which still faces the threat of toxic algae blooms. The algae are fed by phosphorous, mainly from fertilizer running off from farmland.