D.C. Law 21-220. Nonwoven Disposable Products Act of 2016.
To prohibit a manufacturer of nonwoven disposable products for sale in the District from 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 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 Mayor to issue civil fines and penalties for violations of this act, and to give the Attorney General for the District of Columbia the authority to seek injunctive relief for violations of this act.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Nonwoven Disposable Products Act of 2016".
Sec. 2. Definitions.
For the purposes of
(1) "Flushable" means a nonwoven disposable product that:
(A) Disperses in a short period of time after flushing in the low-force conditions of a sewer system;
(B) Is not buoyant; and
(C) Does not contain plastic or any other material that does not readily degrade in a range of natural environments.
(2) "Label" means to represent by statement, word, picture, design, or emblem on the packaging of a nonwoven disposable product.
(3) "Nonwoven disposable product" means a product constructed from nonwoven sheets, including moist toilet tissue or cloth, that is designed, marketed, or commonly used for personal hygiene purposes.
Sec. 3. Labeling of nonwoven disposable products.
(a) After January 1, 2018, a manufacturer of a nonwoven disposable product for sale in the District shall not label the nonwoven disposable product as safe to flush, safe for sewer systems, or safe for septic systems, unless the nonwoven disposable product is flushable.
(b) After January 1, 2018, a manufacturer of a nonwoven disposable product for sale in the District that is not flushable must clearly and conspicuously label the nonwoven disposable product to communicate that the nonwoven disposable product should not be flushed.
Sec. 4. Enforcement.
(a) The Mayor may impose civil fines and penalties as sanctions for violations of the provisions of
(b) In addition to the enforcement authority provided in subsection (a) of this section, the Attorney General for the District of Columbia may seek injunctive relief or other appropriate remedy in any court of competent jurisdiction to enforce compliance with
Sec. 5. Rules.
The Department of Energy and Environment, pursuant to
Sec. 6. Construction.
A violation of
Sec. 7. Fiscal impact statement.
The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement in the committee report as the fiscal impact statement required by section 4a of the General Legislative Procedures Act of 1975, approved October 16, 2006 (120 Stat. 2038; D.C. Official Code § 1-301.47a).
Sec. 8. Effective date.
This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), a 30-day period of congressional review asprovided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code § 1-206.02(c)(1)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.