Editorial Board: What’s the point of a plastic bag ban if plastic bags are allowed, Baltimore?

The Baltimore City Council was poised this year to finally pass a meaningful ban on plastic bags, the environmental hazards that fill our waterways, clog storm drains and wind up in the bellies of turtles, whales and other wildlife. They had secured a likely veto-proof supermajority of supporters for the legislation, introduced by City Councilman Bill Henry, but now have disappointingly capitulated under pressure from retailers. A council committee voted this week to amend the threshold on the proposed plastic bag ban from those that are 4 mils and thinner — a mil is one thousandth of an inch — to those that are 2.25 mils and below, meaning flimsy bags are out under the proposal, and thicker bags are in. (Balt. Sun)

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