Judge: Oakland Plastic-Bag Ban Needs Environmental Review

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Oakland's plastic-bag ban is under review
after a judge ruled that the city did not fully consider the ban's
environmental impact before passing the measure.

An Alameda County Superior Court judge found that the city should have weighed whether single-use paper bags could be more damaging than single-use plastic bags.

A spokesman said City Attorney John Russo's office will ask the City Council this week whether it wants to contest Judge Frank Roesch's recent tentative ruling or do a full environmental study.

Opponents of the ban argue that demand for paper bags would soar
under a plastic-bag prohibition.

An industry group sued Oakland last summer shortly after the City Council banned single-use plastic bags at stores that bring in more than $1 million a year.
Information from: The Oakland Tribune,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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