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4 posts from March 2010

March 10, 2010

EPA Faces Criticism But Says They Will Act Soon on BPA

FresnoBee.com - 3.9.10

"Responding to criticism that the Environmental Protection Agency delayed action on regulating the chemical bisphenol A, Administrator Lisa Jackson said Monday that her agency is planning to "finalize an action plan on BPA in the very near future."

"For those who are worried about whether we've backed away from this, they shouldn't be worried at all," she said at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington.

Jackson's agency has come under fire in recent weeks for delaying action on the chemical eight days after Obama administration officials met with chemical industry lobbyists to talk about BPA."

Read the entire article here

Our Scoop: Study Finds High-Quality Reusable Bags Best for the Environment

Green Cities California - 3.10

A recent study by ICF International compared the environmental impact of single-use paper and plastic bags, biodegradable bags and reusable bags on a number of factors including resources, public services, land use planning, waste reduction and energy systems. The analysis concluded that reusable bags (even more so, high-quality reusable bags) are the best option for the environment. The report's findings may be used to influence future policies regarding bans and fees for single-use bags in California. The study points to Ireland's successful bag fee as a way to reduce use of single-use bags by up to 90%.

Read the executive summary here or the entire report here.

5-cent Bag Fee Proposed for Maryland

The Baltimore Sun - 3.10.10

"While Baltimore lawmakers appear to be backing away from regulating disposable bags in the city, some legislators in Annapolis want to require merchants statewide to charge customers a nickel per bag for most throwaway sacks they now get for free to carry away their purchases..The fee would not apply to bags for certain goods, such as produce, candy, meats, flowers, carryout food from a restaurant and small hardware items.  Merchants could keep one cent of the fee for their trouble collecting it - and another two cents if they offer customers credits for bringing in their own reusable bags.   Any bags distributed by stores would have to be recyclable - 40 percent post-consumer if paper, or polyethylene code 2 or 4 if plastic."

Read the entire article here.

To Pay or Not to Pay for Bags in US

Associated Press - 2.22.10

This widely-circulated article looks at whether the U.S. will see bag fees become a larger trend following the recent bag fee passed in D.C.

"While one major city, San Francisco, has banned plastic bags, Washington's law is the first of its kind in the United States. It is being carefully watched by activists who hope that one strong success will prove the tipping point for a program aimed at reducing litter, pollution and waste.

'Whichever state is going to pull this is off is going to have the potential to be seen as the one that has cracked this problem,' said Vincent Cobb, founder of reuseit.com"

Read the entire article here.