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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

Truckee Becomes 89th City to Ban Plastic Bags

Truckee— The Town Council fully enacted a citywide ban on single-use plastic bags in a unanimous consent vote. The ban, initially approved on November 18, had to be confirmed at a second reading to take effect per the city’s standard legislative procedure. Plastic shopping bags will be phased out in Truckee starting June 1, 2014. With Truckee, 89 California cities and counties have banned now plastic bags, only 11 away from 100. One in three Californians live somewhere with a plastic bag ban in effect or coming into effect.

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News Release | Environment California

U.S. House Approves Reckless Fracking Bill

Sacramento, CA.  By a vote of 235-187, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved its latest giveaway to the oil and gas industry: a bill to boost ‘fracking,’ the dirty process of drilling that has contaminated water supplies from Pennsylvania to New Mexico and is making families near drilling sites sick from air pollution. At the same time, members of the Arts and Entertainment community banded together calling on Governor Brown and President Obama to ban fracking.

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News Release | Environment California

Encinitas to Pursue Plastic Bag Ban

Encinitas— The City Council voted tonight to pursue a ban on single-use plastic bags citywide. This vote clears the way for staff to draft an ordinance that’s right for Encinitas, putting the city on track to phase out plastic bags sometime next year. To date, 88 California cities and counties have committed to phasing out bags, only 12 away from 100. One in three Californians live somewhere with a plastic bag ban in effect or coming into effect.

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News Release | Environment California

Arcata Expands Plastic Bag Ban

Arcata— A unanimous City Council voted tonight to ban plastic bags in Arcata’s grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, and retail stores. This vote expands on an ordinance originally adopted by the Council in September. Once approved in a second reading per the city’s legislative procedure, the ban will take effect in six months. To date, 88 California cities and counties have committed to phasing out bags, only 12 away from 100.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

New Report: Wind Energy Yields Major Environmental Benefits for California; Reducing Pollution and Saving Water

Sacramento – Wind energy is on the rise and is providing huge environmental benefits for the state, according to a new report released today by Environment California Research & Policy Center. California’s wind energy is already avoiding more than 6 million metric tons of climate-altering carbon pollution – the equivalent of taking 1.3 million cars off the road, while saving 2.7 billion gallons of water per year – enough to meet the needs of 59,000 people.

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