Vermont AG joins plea against ‘plastic pollution crisis’

Jeremy DeBenedictis, President of Alterra Energy, stands in the storage area of shredded plastics his company receives from recycling facilities in their facility in Akron, Ohio, on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. “Our mission is to solve plastic pollution,” said DeBenedictis, company president. “That is not just a tag line. We all truly want to solve plastic pollution.” (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, reprinted in The Center Square)

by Tom Gantert, for The Center Square

(The Center Square) – Fourteen state attorneys general asked the Biden Administration to do more to “combat the plastic pollution crisis.”

An Aug. 3 media release, the group stated, “Plastic does not fully degrade, instead breaking down into smaller pieces called microplastics, which have been found in drinking water, food, air, and even human blood and living lung tissue.”

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Michigan AG Dana Nessel office said plastic manufacturing’s pollution also disproportionately affected low-income communities and communities of color and addressing it was part of the “environmental justice” movement.

The letter sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants a stronger plan to dramatically reduce the production of plastic materials. The states included in the letter were California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

“All Michigan communities deserve to be safe from the harmful effects of plastics pollution,” Nessel said in a media release. “Our defense of Michigan’s natural resources includes protecting them from the chemicals produced by the manufacture and disposal of plastics. I stand firmly with my colleagues in asking the Biden administration for a robust plan that responds to the plastics pollution crisis and reduces our nation’s global plastics footprint in meaningful ways.”

Pennsylvania AG Michelle Henry said the AGs are “demanding that the EPA implement standards to cut down on plastics contaminating our natural resources.”

“My office’s ongoing actions in environmental causes are consistent with our fight to ensure Pennsylvanians’ basic rights to drink clean water and breathe clean air,” Henry said in a media release. “Time and time again, we have taken positions to regulate industry pollution that jeopardizes the health of future generations.”

Author is a Managing Editor for The Center Square.

Categories: Commentary, Environment

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  1. When we go food shopping, if we get produce we wrap in a plastic bag, when we buy meat it is put on a Styrofoam plate wrapped in plastic (it use to be wrapped in paper), breads are wrapped in plastic, milk is in plastic jugs (use to be sold in glass containers, sodas and water sold in plastic containers (use to be sold in glass containers), eggs sold in Styrofoam containers (use to be cardboard), toilet paper/paper towels ate wrapped in plastic (use to be paper). Styrofoam like plastic is not biodegradable, however paper is (paper is a wood product). Until mfg takes this serious and government stops placing the blame on ordinary citizens, nothing will change. Question government should be asking : what did we do before plastic wrap/bags and Styrofoam ?

    • So what are you saying, the old ways are proving out to be the better ways ? Huh, whoda thunk it ? Paper straws ?

  2. Have these Attorneys General considered the programs their states have endorsed to promote and distribute taxpayer-funded PLASTIC disposable syringes by the tens of thousands? The “needle exchange” programs were marketed to the taxpayers as a public health initiative with the concept that junkies would bring in their used, bloody, potentially pathogenic syringes and “exchange” them for clean ones instead of reusing or sharing them. These have turned into simply needle giveaway programs with no such demand that dirty ones be turned in. The result of this “public health initiative” is that these potentially-infected needles/syringes are now discarded everywhere into public spaces, making them available to be contacted by children and pets. The “exchange” programs were meant to reduce harm to IV drug users, who knowingly engage in their dangerous activity but the result is that now innocent people and pets are being exposed to the HIV and hepatitis risk. Vermont has for many years demanded a deposit on containers of beer and carbonated beverages, and recently attempted to greatly expand coverage to wine and cider in the interest of preventing improper disposal. How about a quarter deposit on syringes to promote their proper disposal. No one is getting HIV or hepatitis from a beer can.

  3. To bad we can’t burn plastics in our cars, or heat our homes with it (:

  4. Microplastics disrupt the endocrine system, cause reduced IQ, testosterone in men. Absolute disaster.

  5. would kids and adults being willing to give up their plastic phones and replace it with 2 tins on a string? just sayin….

  6. This isn’t about plastic pollution at all. It is a precursor to additional regulation, including taxation and fees as well as revenue from lawsuits. All done with your tax dollars and with your “best interests” as the stated rationale.

  7. Fourteen WEF, Open Society financed AG stooges make complete fools of themselves for generous campaign funding and extra cash incentives for their own pockets. No more plastics they say? Goodbye smart phones, medical equipment, including your PPE mask, beverage containers, shrink wrap, disposable diapers, gameboy devices, vehicle components, appliance components, coolers, microwave dishes, etc etc etc. Back to the 1800’s we go. Be sure you are in shape to haul the 50 lb burlap bags of provisions you need to eat – and that tooth brush in your bathroom – it will need to last you until you die. There is no dental floss either, use a wooden toothpick or piece of thread. Lunatics are running the asylum.