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Originally published June 28, 2010 at 6:12 AM | Page modified June 28, 2010 at 8:32 AM

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Ban to begin on phosphate-laden dishwasher soap

Washington and Oregon are banning the sale of phosphate-laden dishwasher detergent starting Thursday.

The Associated Press

BREMERTON, Wash. —

Washington and Oregon are banning the sale of phosphate-laden dishwasher detergent starting Thursday.

The Kitsap Sun reports that familiar brands are still available but they will have lower levels of phosphates.

Experts say phosphates promote plant growth and may degrade water quality in lakes and streams.

The ban has already been in place in Spokane and Whatcom counties in Washington state since 2008. Some shoppers in Spokane had been crossing into Idaho to buy the older soaps.

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Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/

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