BEACON Supports Ban on Single-Use Bags

BEACON Supports Ban on Single-Use Bags

Sept. 25, 2011 (PBBR) - The Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment (BEACON) passed a resolution which supports banning single-use bags, particularly plastic bags. The Board of Directors, which meets every two months, passed the resolution Friday, Sept. 23, 2011.

The resolution states that the Board of Directors resolve to:

  1. Support and endorse efforts to ban and/or restrict single-use bags by BEACON member agencies, other government agencies within the counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura, and other citizen initiatives to limit the adverse impact of single-use plastic bags on our ocean's environment.
  2. Support and encourage educational campaigns for voluntary use of reusable shopping bags.
  3. To seek support from member agencies and other agencies within the counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura for BEACON to pursue a regional Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the ban and/or restriction of single-use bags.

BEACON is a California Joint Powers Agency representing eight agencies along the coast of California from Point Conception to Point Mugu.  Established in 1992, BEACON member agencies include two counties, Santa Barbara and Ventura, and eight cities:  Santa Barabara, Goleta, San Buenaventura, Carpinteria, Port Hueneme, and Oxnard.

BEACON states in the resolution that their primary responsibility is the protection of our beaches and coast, as well as the preservation, protection and enhancement of clean ocean waters.

SOURCE:  BEACON at www.beacon.ca.gov/index.htm
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