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NY Panel Lists Plastic Bag Options, Makes No Recommendation

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A state panel created to study how to reduce the environmental impact of disposable plastic grocery bags has released a report, but makes no recommendation.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo created the task force last year after the Legislature blocked New York City from imposing a nickel-a-bag fee. A dozen New York villages, towns and counties have enacted their own bans or fees.

According to the task force report, New Yorkers use 23 billion plastic bags a year. The flimsy bags not only use resources to make, but also clog landfills, create litter, and harm wildlife including whales.

The task force listed pros and cons of eight options including imposing fees on grocery bags or banning them outright.

It's up to Cuomo and the Legislature to decide whether to take action.

© 2018 AP

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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