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L.A. County to Pursue Plastic Bag Ban

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Despite the optimistic future for AB 1998, the statewide ban on plastic bags, Los Angeles County Supervisors are going ahead with efforts to pass their own ordinance.

Earlier this month the County completed an environmental impact report making it possible to go forward with such an ordinance. Plastic bag manufactures have sued counties who have tried to pass similar ordinances in the past due to insufficient environmental impact reports, according to Gina Goodhill, an Ocean Advocate for Environment California, which has also been dedicated to securing the ban after collecting over 1,800 letters of support letters from people in the county.

Around 9 a.m. today Supervisors Zev Yarovsky and Mark Ridley-Thomas will join Environment California at a press conference in downtown to present the letters and publicly claim that the people of Los Angeles support a ban on plastic bags.

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“The fact that L.A. county is going forward with this, even when they don’t need to (because of the sate wide ban already in motion) just really shows this is something people in Los Angeles want to see happen,” said Goodhill

Los Angeles County is expected to decide on the ordinance within the next month.