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Gov. Youngkin Cancels Gov. Northam’s Common Sense Plastic Reduction Plan via Executive Order

VA Sierra Club: Youngkin's EO #17 "puts plastic polluters’ profits at the expense of Virginia’s environment, public health"

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From the Virginia Sierra Club, regarding Youngkin’s latest idiocy:

Governor Youngkin Cancels Common Sense Plastic Reduction Plan via Executive Order

EO #17 puts plastic polluters’ profits at the expense of Virginia’s environment, public health

Richmond, Va – Governor Youngkin today signed an executive order that reverses plans to reduce harmful plastic pollution in Virginia. Executive Order #17 cancels a planned phase-out on single-use plastics from public agencies and institutions. Instead, it promotes the false promise of recycling to reduce plastic waste. This technology has proven to be ineffective at reducing waste or preventing plastic pollution.

In response, Kate West, Director of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter had this to say:

“The notion that recycling is a sustainable solution is a false promise promoted by polluters. Youngkin’s decision to reverse the state’s plan to phase out single-use plastics is a clear step in the wrong direction that will result in irreversible damage. Only a tiny fraction of the plastic created is recycled, with most becoming litter and plastic pollution in our waterways and landfills that disproportionately impact the health of vulnerable communities.

“This executive order shows Virginia residents, once again, that Glenn Youngkin cares more about lining the pockets of polluters than protecting the health of our communities.”

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The Sierra Club Virginia Chapter is a grassroots-driven organization that advocates for a Virginia where all people may enjoy our natural treasures, access clean air and water, and thrive in a healthy community. At over 20,000 members strong, we coordinate action to promote climate solutions and oppose projects and policies that put the interests of corporate polluters above the needs of communities. We know a cleaner, more equitable future in the commonwealth is possible if we fight for it together.

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