Ethan D. King

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Journal Article

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CIimate change and plastic waste are systemic issues facing our world today. States have divergent practices concerning the regulation of single use plastic; some states have passed preemption statutes preventing municipalities from making single use plastic regulations while others are enacting laws banning types of single use plastics. Single use plastic materials are goods that are distributed, sold, and utilized across state lines. As a result, Congress has the ability to regulate single use plastics. In doing so, Congress performs a valuable service to protect the public health and the environment.