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We banned the bag in 100 communities.

In 2013, more cities and counties stood up to protect Pacific wildlife and passed bans on single-use plastic grocery bags. Now, more than 90 communities in California, from Marin to Los Angeles, are living bag free. Thanks to citizen support, California now has a network of 124 underwater state parks that protect our coast and wildlife.

News Release | Environment California

Congratulations Gina McCarthy, Our New U.S. EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate today confirmed Gina McCarthy as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer voted to confirm Ms. McCarthy. The confirmation came just weeks after President Obama instructed EPA to cut carbon pollution from power plants as part of his plan to fight global warming. Dan Jacobson, Legislative Director for Environment California, issued a statement.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Marin Plastic Bag Ban Wins in Court

San Francisco – The California Court of Appeal has unanimously upheld Marin County’s plastic bag ban ordinance. The lawsuit, brought by the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, an unincorporated association, had challenged the county’s 2011 plastic bag ban under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Actions taken by regulatory agencies to protect the environment or natural resources are typically exempt from CEQA’s requirement to prepare an Environmental Impact Report. As the Court of Appeal made clear, this exemption applies to plastic bag ban ordinances.

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News Release | Environment California

LA Mayor signs plastic bag ban into law

Los Angeles, CA – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has signed LA’s historic ban on single-use plastic bags into law. The ordinance, approved in an 11-1 vote by the City Council, bars stores that sell perishable food from distributing plastic bags at the checkout. The ban takes effect for large stores in January 2014, while smaller businesses, including convenience stores, have until July 2014 to comply. With LA’s policy in place, one in three Californians now live somewhere with a plastic bag ban.

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News Release | Environment California

President Obama’s Climate Plan a Clear Victory for California, Future Generations

Today, President Obama announced a climate plan that will set limits on carbon pollution from power plants, advance energy efficiency and increase the nation’s commitment to renewable energy. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, record drought in many states, and wildfires in Colorado, the president’s plan to address global warming was loudly applauded by Environment California and many others.

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News Release | Environment California

Pres. Obama to Unveil Plan to Address Climate Change

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, record drought in many states, and wildfires in Colorado, Pres. Obama has announced he will unveil a climate action plan on Tuesday designed to cut the carbon pollution fueling global warming and advance clean energy solutions. Environment California and many other organizations applauded the announcement.  

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