Active | July 22 2019
In July, U.S. Sen.Tom Udall of New Mexico and U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal of California announced an outline of bold federal legislation to tackle the plastic waste pollution crisis. The lawmakers are seeking input from stakeholders and plan to introduce comprehensive legislation this fall.
In January, the Surfrider Foundation and University of California Los Angeles Law School Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment presented at two Congressional Briefings on Capitol Hill to discuss plastic pollution solutions. The Surfrider Foundation met with federal lawmakers at that time and was influential in developing this outline.
In August, Surfrider Foundation submitted a comment letter signed by 55 environmental and environmental justice organizations in support of the outline. We will also continue to work closely with the lawmakers as they move forward with drafting and introducing the legislation in the fall.
Components of the legislation outline include:
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