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Plastic Bag Bans Can Resume In Massachusetts


Massachusetts has lifted a temporary order that had prohibited people from bringing reusable shopping bags to the grocery store.

The restriction had been put in place as part of the efforts last spring to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The action by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health means that roughly 140 cities and towns can again enforce bans on single-use plastic bags.

Environmental groups welcomed the announcement rescinding the orders.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Janet Domenitz, executive director of MassPIRG.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.
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