Oregon, Other States Move Forward with Wipes Legislation
(February 10, 2021) – Oregon has become the latest state to pursue wipes labeling legislation, with HB2344 introduced on January 11 and a public hearing held on February 9. Last year, Washington became the first state to pass a wipes law, requiring that non-flushable wipes be labeled clearly with a “Do Not Flush” logo. California pursued similar legislation last year and is expected to re-introduce a bill in the coming weeks.
During the public hearing on HB2344 in the Oregon House Committee on Water, the bill received support from wastewater utilities, environmental groups, and the wipes industry. Mark Jockers, from NACWA member agency Clean Water Services in Oregon, provided testimony in support of the bill, explaining how Clean Water Services has seen an increase in clogs caused by wipes since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year. Jessica Franken, from INDA (Trade Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry), testified that the wipes industry would support the bill if amendments were added to clarify the labeling requirements for wipes that are regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and other federal statutes.
NACWA is aware of several other states that may be introducing wipes labeling bills this year.
Please contact Cynthia Finley, NACWA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, if you would like more information on wipes legislation or if you are aware of legislative efforts in your state.