New Government Target: Flushable Wipes

Original source: http://tammybruce.com/2016/11/new-government-target-flushable-wipes.html

By Shifra on November 15, 2016

So glad that all problems in D.C. have been solved. Ya know, like crime, unemployment, failing public schools, etc.

And now the city council can focus on the really important stuff.

Like “The Nonwoven Disposable Products Labeling Act of 2016”

Not. Kidding.

Via Washington Times.

The D.C. Council wants to police your bathroom. Will you let it?

On Tuesday, the council will vote on the Nonwoven Disposable Products Labeling Act of 2016, a bill that claims to help alleviate clogs in the D.C. 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 U.S. manufacturers to meet.

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), 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 engineered products made of degradable cellulose fibers; they sink in tanks, and break down when flushed.

The industry has asked the D.C. Council and D.C. Water to perform a similar study on its pipes, to determine if flushable wipes really are the problem before passing legislation that could end up being misguided. It is vital that lawmakers have the data they need for a proper diagnosis of a problem before they pass a bill that will allow the city government to intrude into D.C. residents’ personal hygiene practices by telling them what products they can use in the privacy of their bathrooms.

But the D.C. Council and D.C. Water have refused to do such a study. Possibly because they are aware of the New York study’s result: They are attacking the wrong products….

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), 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 engineered products made of degradable cellulose fibers; they sink in tanks, and break down when flushed.

The industry has asked the D.C. Council and D.C. Water to perform a similar study on its pipes, to determine if flushable wipes really are the problem before passing legislation that could end up being misguided. It is vital that lawmakers have the data they need for a proper diagnosis of a problem before they pass a bill that will allow the city government to intrude into D.C. residents’ personal hygiene practices by telling them what products they can use in the privacy of their bathrooms.

But the D.C. Council and D.C. Water have refused to do such a study. Possibly because they are aware of the New York study’s result: They are attacking the wrong products….

District residents are about to get slapped with the worst kind of legislation: a bad bill devoid of facts being rushed into law with severe unintended consequences. We ask Council Chairman Phil Mendelson to block this misguided legislation and we urge District consumers to contact their council members and tell them to stay out of their bathrooms and oppose this bill.