Water Advocates Help Defeat Wipes Rider

August 19, 2017

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Water Advocates LogoWater Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) advocates helped defeat a proposal in Congress that would have counteracted efforts to reduce damages caused by wipes that do not disintegrate when flushed.

U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (R–Md.) offered an amendment that would have revoked a law passed by the Council of the District of Columbia. The local law sets dispersibility criteria for flushed wipes and requires labeling as “Do Not Flush” any wipes that do not meet the criteria. The D.C. law is the first in the nation to require labeling and dispersibility for personal hygiene products. Rep. Harris withdrew the amendment after a showing of support by WEF’s Water Advocates.

WEF members sent 226 letters through the Water Advocates grassroots advocacy portal asking Congress to reject the rider.

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