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VIDEO: Putting The Brakes On Copper

Voluntary industry standards are in place to reduce the amount of copper and other materials in brake products.

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Copper has long been used in brake-friction materials because it’s a good conductor of heat. 

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But here’s the problem: As brake pads wear down, copper and other metals can be deposited onto roadways, where the contaminants are washed into streams, rivers and lakes. Copper is toxic to fish, plants and other wildlife, and it can end up in urban water supplies.

This video is sponsored by the Automotive Distribution Network.

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