Massachusetts approves Concord plastic water bottle ban



Last modified: Thursday, September 06, 2012

CONCORD (AP) - A ban on sales of single-serving plastic water bottles will be taking effect Jan. 1 in the historic Massachusetts town of Concord.

City officials tell The Boston Globe that the state attorney general's office has approved the bylaw passed by residents in April.

Town Manager Chris Whelan said he'll work with the Board of Health to write up the regulations and set up an enforcement policy.

Stores could be fined up to $50 for violating the ban, but an exemption is allowed during emergencies.

Jean Hill, who led a three-year campaign for the ban, said she's "thrilled" and "relieved" that it is taking effect.

Businesses have opposed the ban, saying it would only drive bottled water sales out of town. The attorney general's ruling doesn't preclude someone from challenging the law in court.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe


 

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