Is your soap hurting the Bay?

Can we have a clean Bay and still have clean dishes? Maryland lawmakers want to limit the amount of phosphorus in dish soap to half a percent, down from the 7 percent currently allowed. Advocates say such a change could reduce the Bay's phosphorus load by 3 percent. (The Washington Post)    

Phosphorus is one of the Bay's two primary pollutants, contributing to algal blooms, "dead zones," and pfiesteria outbreaks throughout the Bay and its tributaries.

The Soap and Detergent Association favors the legislation, but only if commercial dishwashing machines are exempt. They also want to delay the ban until 2010.

What do you think? Are you willing to give up some of the "convenience" and "power" of today's super-charged dish detergents for a healthier Bay? Are you already using a low-phosphorus dish detergent? If so, how's it working out for you?

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