Concord Mass. Ban on Bottled Water Sales Approved by State!
We’ve previously discussed the Concord, Massachusetts proposal to ban the sale of bottled water here on Ban the Bottle. Local citizen Jean Hill had the original idea and fought for years to get a city-wide vote on the ban. Concord’s historic vote would lead to the United States’ first city-wide ban on the sale of bottled water.
The vote passed, but authorities couldn’t actually enact any legislation for a city-wide ban on the bottle until the state attorney approved the ban. We’re excited to announce the ban has passed into approval and the bottled water ban will be finalized on January 1, 2013!
City officials tell The Boston Globe (http://bo.st/SkfCNH) that the state attorney general’s office has approved the bylaw passed by residents in April.
Town Manager Chris Whelan said he’ll work with the Board of Health to write up the regulations and set up an enforcement policy.
Stores could be fined up to $50 for violating the ban, but an exemption is allowed during emergencies.
Jean Hill, who led a three-year campaign for the ban, said she’s “thrilled” and “relieved” that it is taking effect.