SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — A bill that would have allowed chlorinated PVC pipe to be widely used in California homes has been derailed, after it was defeated May 21 in a key legislative committee.
The defeat does not mean that the effort is dead, but the odds are slim that the Legislature will allow the pipe to be used statewide.
However, the odds are better for a more-limited proposal to be reintroduced, said Mark Bogetich, spokesman for the Coalition for Consumer Choice, a group of municipal officials, plastic pipe makers and home builders.
The Assembly Appropriations Committee defeated the measure by a one-vote margin, Bogetich said.
The bill has been the subject of a pitched battle between plastic pipe and copper pipe supporters. The copper pipe forces, including pipe fitters' unions and the Sierra Club, argued that installing CPVC involved chemicals that are carcinogenic.
Plastic pipe supporters have argued that it is much easier to install than copper pipe and is much more resistant to acidic water, which ruins pipes in some parts of the state.