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Lawmaker wants to repeal phosphate ban in detergent

By | Posted - Jan. 27, 2011 at 6:17 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Lawmakers are looking to clean up dirty dishes.

Right now, Utah is one of 17 states that limits phosphorus in detergents.

The ingredient softens water, so our dishes don't leave the dishwasher with water spots and film -- but phosphorus also causes significant algae growth that can reduce fish habitat.

Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, says there's no need to limit phosphorus, because treatment plants can remove the nutrient. He's looking to repeal the new phosphate-free formula ban.

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