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  • Wet Wipes Industry Asks Congress To Flush D.C. Effort To Set Standards For Bathroom Wipes

    Original Source: WAMU 88.5 Marijuana. Guns. Assisted suicide. Those are all issues that have prompted Congress to try and overrule local laws in D.C. Now there’s a new flashpoint: flushable wet wipes. At least one congressional Republican is considering a measure to stop a new D.C. law that regulates when woven wet wipes — like the ones adults use in the bathroom, or baby wipes — can be marketed as being flushable. The bill, which passed the D.C. Council late last year and became law in March, would require that standards be set before a wipe can be advertised as being flushable, and also mandate that any other wipes feature prominent warnings that they should not be flushed. Proponents of the bill — including D.C. Water, the city’s water utility — say the standards are needed because most wet wipes do not break down when flushed, causing stoppages in the sewer system. Each one can cost between $50,000 and $100,000 to fix, according to officials at D.C. Water. The head of the agenc...

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  • Wipe Times Op-Ed

    By Dave Rousse The D.C. Council wants to police your bathroom. Will you let it? On Tuesday, the D.C. Council will vote on the Nonwoven Disposable Products Labeling Act of 2016, a bill that claims to help alleviate clogs in the DC Water waste stream. But it won’t. This legislation unfairly targets Flushable Wipes, used by many D.C. residents, which are specifically designed to break down when flushed and ultimately degrade. Bill supporters maintain that the bill would only change required labeling on wipes, with those to be marketed as “Flushable” needing to pass yet-to-be-determined testing. In fact and in practice, it would effectively ban the sale of Flushable Wipes in the District because the testing being considered would be impossible for US manufacturers to meet. INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, knows there is a problem of too many wipes entering the sewer pipes of American cities. But it’s not being caused by Flushable Wipes, which are highly engineere...

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  • Committee Printed Bill

    Committee Print, B21-833Committee on Transportation and the EnvironmentNovember 7, 2016 A BILL IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA   To prohibit a manufacturer of nonwoven disposable products for sale in the District from advertising or labeling nonwoven disposable products as safe to flush, safe for sewer systems, or safe for septic systems, unless the nonwoven disposable product is flushable, to require a manufacturer of a nonwoven disposable product for sale in the District that is not flushable to label the nonwoven disposable product to communicate that the it should not be flushed, to authorize the Department of Energy and Environment to issue rules to implement the provisions of this act, to authorize the Department of Energy and Environment to issue rules to amend the definition of “flushable”, to give the Mayor the authority to issue civil fines and penalties for violations of this act, and to give the Attorney General the authority to seek injunctive relief for viol...

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  • D.C. Council Rushing to Pass Unenforceable Law

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE D.C. Council Rushing to Pass Unenforceable Law Banning Flushable Wipes Without Necessary ResearchCouncilmember Mary Cheh proceeding with November 7 markup despite objections WASHINGTON D.C., Nov. 4, 2016 – Washington D.C. City Councilmember Mary Cheh is rushing to pass the Nonwoven Disposable Products Act of 2016, resulting in an effective ban on the sale of Flushable Wipes in the District of Columbia. This legislation is proceeding without the necessary research, and could lead to dire unintended results in the DC Water system. The bill would most likely hold the Flushable Wipes to a standard that does not currently exist and that no flushable wipe on the market today could meet, said INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, which opposes the legislation. ” This is a misguided bill being railroaded through the City Council without a proper diagnosis of any problem. If the availability of Flushable Wipes on the shelves of DC retailers is comprom...

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