April 20, 2011

Storm damage prompts lawmakers to
temporarily lift plastic bag ban

The General Assembly passed legislation today to temporarily suspend the plastic bag ban on the Outer Banks of Dare, Currituck, and Hyde counties in the aftermath of Saturday’s tornado outbreak in eastern North Carolina.

The ban is suspended until no longer than June 30, 2011.

According to the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, the legislation was requested on behalf of Food Lion, which lost its regional warehouse in Dunn, N.C., last weekend when a tornado destroyed the building.

State Sen. Stan White said the legislation is a temporary suspension that will allow Food Lion time to replace the supplies - including paper bags - that were lost due to the storm.

White emphasized that this does not repeal the legislation enacted two years ago, which prohibits stores on the Outer Banks from using plastic bags.

The destruction of the Dunn warehouse also caused a temporary shortage of inventory at the Food Lion in Avon during the busy Easter week.

However, John Burtz, operations specialist in Avon, said that the store is now fully restocked and is receiving goods from Food Lion’s warehouse in Disputana, Va.

The Republican-controlled General Assembly earlier this session introduced legislation to permanently repeal the plastic bag ban.  It has not been acted on yet.

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