Dear FIPA Member, The NW Region Industrial Pretreatment folks have asked FIPA to provide comments regarding the impacts of “flushable” wipes on Utility collection systems, so these comments can be forwarded to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). These comments are being requested by the FTC prior to their issuance of the final Consent Order to Nice-Pak Products, Inc. (related to false claims that their Flushables products pose no harm to the sanitary sewer system).
The FTC’s Consent Order requires Nice-Pak Products Inc. (a manufacturer of wet wipes) to stop advertising moist toilet tissue as flushable unless it can substantiate/prove that the product is safe to flush. Similarly, Nice-Pak agreed to not claim that its moist toilet tissue is safe for sewer and septic tanks unless it has substantiation for those claims. In addition, Nice-Pak will stop providing trade customers, such as retailers, with information to make such unsubstantiated claims. Costco, CVS, Target, and BJ’s Wholesale Club were Nice-Pak customers that sold the formulation of the company’s moist toilet tissue that was the subject of the complaint under their own private labels. For more info regarding this case, go to: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2015/05/wet-wipe-manufacturer-agrees-substantiate-flushability
Your comment to FIPA should address the impacts of “flushable” wipes on Utility collection systems, including the costs related to addressing problems identified in utility lift stations (valves, pump impellers, pumps), POTW processes (screens, pumps and valves and debris removal) and POTW biosolids (is additional treatment or maintenance required, such as screening, cleaning, drying, shredding) or are there and issues affecting biosolids transportation or application/spreading, or any other impact you can identify. Many of you may already be documenting these impacts. If so, please share this info with FIPA, so we can forward this info to the NW Region Industrial Pretreatment folks
Please email your comments to me (Susanna.Littell@ocfl.net ) and to FIPA’s Secretary, Monica(firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 15th, so we can review these and forward them to the NW Region Industrial Pretreatment folks. All comments must be received by the FTC by June 19, 2015.
Also, this topic would make for a worthwhile FIPA committee! Please let me and FIPA’s Secretary (Monica) know if you are interested in participating in a possible “FIPA Flushables Committee”. We will discuss FIPA member interest in this committee during FIPA’s Fall 2015 Workshop.
Florida Industrial Pretreatment Association