California Requires Plastics Makers to Foot the Bill for Recycling

In one of the most ambitious statewide attempts to reduce dependence on plastics, California instituted a new requirement that makers of packaging pay for recycling and reduce or eliminate single-use plastic packaging. The law, signed by California’s governor on Thursday, is the fourth of its kind to be passed byContinue Reading

Every day we throw away millions of pieces of single-use plastic. California environmental groups are pressing for a bill or ballot initiative to limit their production.

Every day we throw away millions of pieces of single-use plastic. California environmental groups are pressing for a bill or ballot initiative to limit their production. Most California environmentalists want limits on the manufacture plastics. But negotiations on a bill in the legislature has unveiled a divide between groups willingContinue Reading

Scott signs eight bills into law, vetoes environmental bill H606

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Scott today signed eight bills into law, including the natural burial bill. Scott also vetoed H.606, An act relating to community resilience and biodiversity protection. H.606, he said, is unnecessarily tied to – and unreasonably limited to – permanent protection. The ANR has repeatedly said that permanent preservation has not been,Continue Reading

PROVIDENCE – Nearly a year ago, state environmental regulators turned away an application to build a medical waste-to-energy plant in West Warwick that would use a high-heat process known as pyrolysis to break down used syringes, gloves and tubing into flammable gas, oil and tar.  Now, state legislators are proposing toContinue Reading

Phil Scott signs environmental justice bill into law

Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale, D-Chittenden, who introduced the bill, said more than 15 years of work went into the legislation, and it “should represent a major step forward.” File photo by Riley Robinson/VTDigger Despite reservations about funding, Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday signed Vermont’s first environmental justice policy into law. Continue Reading