Judge OKs Marin’s Plastic Bag Ban
On September 27th Marin Superior Court Judge, Lynn Duryee, rejected assertions that Marin’s bag ban violated environmental rules and instead embraced the ban as a reasonable decision by a local government, and thus ruled that Marin officials do not have to prepare an environmental impact report.
Marin Supervisors in January – in a move championed by the late Charles McGlashan – unanimously approved a measure that beginning January 2012 will ban plastic bags at checkout stands and impose a five cent fee on paper bags at retail markets in the county’s unincorporated areas. Similar to the ban Fairfax has already enacted. The plastics industry under the front of “Save the Plastic Bag Coalition” challenged Marin’s law in court claiming it required an environmental impact report. Plastic Bag Attorney Stephen Joseph vowed to take this case to the state Court of Appeals.
As of now, Marin’s plastic bag ban is on track to begin January 1, 2012.
There is a section of the Pacific Ocean twice the size of the continental United States called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Within it, 100 million tons of plastic swirl in a vortex of currents. There is so much plastic in the water that it outnumbers zooplankton by six to one!
You can make a difference for our world’s oceans, waves and beaches — pledge to rise above plastics today.
For more information go to: http://www.riseaboveplastics.org/
San Francisco Bay Area:
- Aqua Surf Shop – 2830 Sloat Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94116
- Proof Lab Marin County – 254 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941
- Sports Basement (Presidio) - 610 Old Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94129
- Patagonia (North Point store near Fisherman’s Wharf) – 770 North Point San Francisco, California 94109. Phone: (415) 771-2050.