Gov. Raimondo signs executive order to “tackle plastics”

By: Sarah E. Rooney

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Governor Gina Raimondo signed an executive order Monday that establishes the formation of a Task Force designed to advise the state on issues related to eradicating plastic waste and pollution.

The order, which the Governor signed from Scarborough Beach in Narragansett, claimed that the necessity of the law derived from the contribution of plastic to ecosystem damage, climate change, and litter problems.

The Task Force to Tackle Plastics, according to the order, will be organized and functional by September 17, 2018. It will include individuals from environmental groups, marinas, municipalities, elected officials, state agencies, and marinas.

The primary goal of the Task Force is to research plastic “use, reuse, and clean-up” in Rhode Island, and report to the Governor with recommendations in February of 2019.

The Force will end its operations after submitting it’s recommendations to the Governor.

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