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Maryland Edges Closer to Banning Styrofoam

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HURLOCK, Md. - Maryland lawmakers are debating a ban on styrofoam. So far, the Senate and the House have both given initial approval to their own versions of the bill. If approved, a final version of the bill will then head to Governor Larry Hogan. Hogan will then decide whether to veto or move the bill into law. If passed, styrofoam could be banned in Maryland by July of next year, becoming the first state to have such a law.

It's an alarming time for business owner Jim Chaney, who owns C&J Market & Deli in Hurlock. Chaney says styrofoam is his best asset.

"It doesn't let the food sweat because it breathes," Chaney said. "We base our business on quality."

Chaney says the potential ban could increase prices for customers - using alternatives like cardboard he says can be two to three times more expensive.

But environmentalists like Jeff Hortsman say the styrofoam breaks into smaller pieces, landing in places like the Chesapeake Bay where fish too often mistake it for food. Hortsman says businesses not the fish should learn to adapt to change.

"I hope everybody makes smart decisions going forward," Hortsman said. "I feel it's just as important to shut down businesses that aren't environmentally sustainable just like you would shut down businesses that aren't economically sustainable."

Hortsman says he's seen plenty of styrofoam end up in the water. But Chaney says he and other businesses only use a small percentage of styrofoam.



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