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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 Research & Policy Center

Fracking by the Numbers

San Francisco, CA — Today, a new Environment California Research and Policy Center report called “Fracking by the Numbers” measures the damage being done by dirty drilling across the country. On the heels of legislation to regulate fracking in California, the report is the first study of its kind to measure the footprint of fracking damage to date—including toxic wastewater, water use, chemical use, air pollution, land damage and global warming emissions. Extrapolating from the national data, this report provides key insight into what could happen to California’s water, air, and beautiful places absent a statewide ban on fracking. 

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Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Fracking by the Numbers

This report seeks to quantify some of the key impacts of fracking to date—including the production of toxic wastewater, water use, chemicals use, air pollution, land damage and global warming emissions.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

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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News Release | Environment California

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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News Release | Environment California

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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