National "WIPPES" & "PIPES" Acts

S. 3946: Wastewater Infrastructure Pollution Prevention and Environmental Safety (WIPPES) Act (2022)  - SUPPORT
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By Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Susan Collins (R-ME)

  • Status

    • 7/22/2021: Referred to the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce.

  • Directs the Federal Trade Commission, in consultation with the Environmental Protection
    Agency (EPA) to issue regulations on “Do Not Flush” labeling requirements for the covered
    products defined in the bill, which includes baby wipes, household wipes, disinfecting wipes or personal care wipes. Authorizes a grant program at EPA ($5 M annually) to support and expand education and outreach activities by states, local governments and non-profit organizations to ratepayers. These grants will increase awareness of the label and proper disposal methods for these wipes.

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HR 4602: Wastewater Infrastructure Pollution Prevention and Environmental Safety (WIPPES) Act (2021-2022)  - SUPPORT
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By Congressman Lowenthal and Congresswoman McClain

  • Status

    • 7/22/2021: Referred to the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce.

  • Would require manufacturers of non-flushable wet wipes to clearly and prominently display a “DO NOT FLUSH” label on their packaging and would set fines for manufacturers that do not follow the regulation.

  • The bill would also create an education program to inform consumers of the meaning of the new labeling, why the new labeling is required, and the adverse impact of these wipes on water infrastructure systems when flushed.

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HR 6591: Protecting Infrastructure and Promoting Environmental Stewardship (PIPES) Act (2022)  - SUPPORT
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By Congressman Lowenthal and Congresswoman McClain

  • Status: 

    • 02/03/2022: Introduced in the House, referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. 

  • Would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish standards for the flushability of disposable wipes.

  • Would impose civil penalties on companies who are knowingly incompliant with these standards.

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