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Plastic Bag Bans Win in Supreme Court Yet Again

San Francisco – The California Supreme Court has denied review of a plastics industry legal challenge to Marin County’s plastic bag ban, allowing the ordinance to stand. 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). Lower courts had already unanimously rejected the industry group’s lawsuit.

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California’s National Parks: Sorry, We’re Closed

Sacramento – With Congress’ failure to reach an agreement on a budget before Tuesday’s midnight deadline, Nathan Weaver, Environment California’s Preservation Advocate released the following statement on the environmental impacts of the government shutdown:

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South Lake Tahoe Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

South Lake Tahoe—The South Lake Tahoe City Council voted this afternoon to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. Once confirmed, the ban will take effect in grocery stores and farmers markets three months after adoption and will apply to all retail establishments after one year. Pharmacies, restaurants, and non-profits are exempted. Councilmembers Laine, Swanson, and Cole voted for the ordinance. Per standard procedure, the council is expected to finalize the ordinance at a second reading later this month.

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Santa Barbara bans plastic bags

Santa Barbara—The Santa Barbara City Council voted unanimously today to ban single-use plastic shopping bags citywide. Once confirmed, the ban will take effect in large grocery stores and pharmacies in three months and in smaller stores after one year. Per standard procedure, the council is expected to finalize the ordinance at a second reading later this month.

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New Report: Net Metering Key to Affordability of Solar Power for Homeowners

As California regulators decide the future of net metering, the state’s most successful solar energy policy, Environment California Research & Policy Center released a report today that finds that net energy metering is a vital part of a healthy residential solar energy market.

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