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Nebraska passes anti-diaper legislation.

Nebraska Passes Anti-Diaper Legislation The disposable diaper industry is closely monitoring the impact of the recent passage of a bill in Nebraska that would ban the sale of any disposable diaper that is not biodegradable or photodegradable as of October, 1993. The bill, signed by the governor on May 9, may be more economically than environmentally motivated, however, since a possible alternative for a biodegradable diaper employs starch-based technology that would benefit the farm state of Nebraska. There has been no copycat legislation filed elsewhere yet, but observers believe other farm belt states may follow the Nebraska lead.

The bill provides for the banning of nonbiodegradable diapers contingent upon a determination by the director of the Dept. of Environmental Control that bio- or photodegradable diapers are readily available and priced comparably (not more than 5% more) to traditional disposable diapers. The director will report to the legislature before Jan. 1, 1992.

Seen by many in the industry as a compromise that at least falls short of banning disposable diapers outright, the one significant negative clause in the proposal allows for it to take effect even if the state legislature fails to act on the recommendations of its officials.
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Title Annotation:sale of non-biodegradable or non-photodegradable disposable diapers banned
Publication:Nonwovens Industry
Date:Jun 1, 1989
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