SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (July 14, 4:15 p.m. ET) — Reversing a lower court ruling, the California Supreme Court has upheld a Manhattan Beach, Calif., ordinance that bans the use of plastic bags by local businesses.
The Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, a group of plastic bag manufacturers and distributors, sued to stop the law from going into effect, saying the Los Angeles area-city did not prepare an environmental impact report before enacting the law.
The Court of Appeals had sided with the coalition, but the Supreme Court overruled that decision with a July 14 unanimous ruling.
“Substantial evidence and common sense support the city's determination that its ordinance would have no significant environmental effect,” Judge Carol Corrigan wrote in the 22-page ruling.
The law was passed in 2008 to ban the use of point-of-sale plastic carry-out bags.