Environmental Report

Plastic bag bans upheld by California Supreme Court

The justices unanimously rule that local governments may impose such prohibitions without always needing an environmental impact report.

July 15, 2011|By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times

The California Supreme Court upheld the right of cities to ban plastic bags, ruling Thursday that a full-scale environmental review may not always be needed to prohibit stores from giving bags to their customers.

Environmentalists lauded the unanimous decision, calling it a victory for environmental protection. But a lawyer for plastic bag makers said the manufacturers would continue to sue municipalities that impose bans without environmental impact reports.