Va governor reverses state bottled-water ban

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Associated Press

Posted on July 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 13 at 2:30 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Bob McDonnell has reversed his predecessor's ban on state agencies' and institutions' purchase of individual-sized plastic water bottles.

Then-Gov. Timothy Kaine issued the directive that the state shouldn't buy plastic-bottled water, unless there's an emergency or health reason, as part of an overall government resource-conservation plan. Plastic water bottles are a major source of waste worldwide, and their continued use has been criticized as adding to overall pollution.

But McDonnell scrubbed Kaine's plastic-water-bottle ban, which he said would hurt state bottled-water manufacturers. He did carry over many elements from Kaine's plan, including asking state employees to recycle, turn off lights, and employ carpooling.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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