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D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) is trying to save the Anacostia River one bag at a time by imposing a nickel fee on paper and plastic under legislation he will introduce Tuesday. He and other council members will roll out the plan at a press conference this morning at Anacostia Park. For more information about Wells's crusade to clean the river that has been championed by activists for years, checkout a new website.

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By David A Nakamura  |  February 12, 2009; 9:38 AM ET
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Great . . . more nanny state. If the problem is plastic bags, fine, but why charge for paper bags too? If they cost more, but less with the tax, they'll get used. Is that such a bad thing? If supermarkets, etc., want to pass on those costs, let them. But why have a DC tax on this?

Posted by: ah___ | February 12, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

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