Pa. communities eyeing plastic bag bans

  • Emily Previti, PA Post

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Bag ban update

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  • Gettysburg and Ferguson Township, Centre County, are among Pennsylvania communities considering banning single-use plastic bags.

  • Municipalities would’ve been prohibited from doing so under a bill that passed both chambers last legislative session. Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed it, though. Thirteen states have similar laws in place, according to this list from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

  • statewide bag ban measure has been introduced during the current session in Pennsylvania. Only California, Hawaii and New York have banned single-use plastic bags, according to the NCSL list.

Best of the rest

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Philadelphia’s street sweeping pilot program has started, but some sweepers are unable to go down narrow streets.

  • Philadelphia officials recently spent nearly $2.75 million on new street sweepers to help “address the city’s notoriously filthy streets,” Aaron Moselle writes in this PlanPhilly story, only to realize that the machines are too wide for some streets.

  • Ten times as many farmers — about 300, total — are approved to grow hemp in Pennsylvania this year compared to last because federal regulations have changed in the meantime, WESA’s Liz Reid reports.

  • Range Resources and other companies paid $3 million to settle a lawsuit alleging pollution from a drilling site in Washington County made people sick, according to a court document obtained by StateImpact Pennsylvania and The Allegheny Front. Reid Frazier’s story dropped after a judge lifted an injunction against reporting on the document, which was supposed to have been filed under seal but was made public accidentally by the Washington County prothonotary’s office.

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