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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/18/2009

Graham's Not In The Bag

Plenty of council members have signed on to join D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) to rid the city of plastic bags by imposing a five-cent fee on plastic and paper bags at grocery stores and other places where food is sold.

Yesterday, he introduced the legislation aimed at cleaning up the Anacostia River.

But someone is conspicuously missing from the list: D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), the same legislator who championed green buildings in the District.

"I consider myself an environmentalist," Graham said.

But Graham, who represents the home of fairly new Giant and Harris Teeter supermarkets, is hesistant. "I'm generally concerned about considering the impact on poor people and what we can do," he said. "We know we want it to work a certain way. How it works in practice could be very different?"

By Nikita R Stewart  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/18/2009

Categories:  D.C. Council

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