Lawsuit filed against plastic bag ban
February 3, 2012
A pro-plastic bag coalition filed a suit on Thursday in San Luis Obispo County’s Superior Court attempting to set aside the recently approved-county anti-plastic bag ordinance. [Tribune]
On behalf of the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, attorney Stephen L. Joseph argues that the vote of the Integrated Waste Management Authority that enacted the ordinance should be set aside because the group did not complete an environmental impact report. The coalition also contends that the vote of Greg O’Sullivan, a member of the Templeton Community Services District board of directors, was not in line with his district which voted 3-2 to oppose the ordinance.
O’Sullivan disagrees noting that he also represents seven other incorporated cities in the area.
Critics of the coalition argue the group is funded by the plastics industry.
Stephen Joseph, the attorney for the coalition, contends his client is a nonprofit environmental group.
During the past five years, following in step with San Francisco in 2007, about a dozen cities and counties have adopted similar anti-plastic bag ordinances.
In addition to SLO County, the coalition also filed lawsuits against plastic bag bans in Marin and Santa Cruz counties, and the cities of Manhattan Beach and Long Beach.
The lawsuit is slated to be heard on March 22 in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.