Palo Alto sued over plastic bag ban Around Town, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Apr 23, 2009 at 7:25 pm
Palo Alto's crusade against plastic bags faced its first legal challenge Tuesday, when a coalition of groups filed a lawsuit claiming that the city acted too rashly when it banned plastic bags from local grocery stores last month.
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Posted by clear perspective, a resident of another community, on Apr 23, 2009 at 7:25 pm
Did you know that the Australian government actually retracted its quote that 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic bags each year because the story actually states that plastic fishing debris (mainly abandoned nets) was the cause?
The EPA was quoted in an interview saying…”consumers shouldn't stress too much, as long as they're recycling or reusing store bags, said Chris Newman, an environmental scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”
Posted by curious, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Apr 24, 2009 at 10:04 am
What a waste of city taxpayers' money in the additional cost to people who buy groceries, i.e. everybody, and lawyer's fees. It would be interesting to find out how much the lawyers' fees for the city will be and to compare it to the cost of providing everyone with reusable bags. Those bags are cheap nowadays ~50 cents. You can pay for a lot of bags for one hour of a Page Mill Road lawyer's fee, which is probably about $500. So how many billable hours for this case? Probably in the 1000s.
Posted by Don Frances, Mountain View Voice Editor, on Apr 24, 2009 at 10:55 am Don Frances is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online