November 11, 1988
President Reagan signed a bill banning the manufacture, sale or possession of plastic guns or any other firearms that can elude detection. Although such guns are not currently on the market, experts estimate they could be developed shortly, but the ability to detect such a device is years away. The bill covers any firearm that cannot be detected by a walk-through metal detector, but it exempts any gun that has been certified by the Pentagon or the Central Intelligence Agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1988
The sale, manufacture and distribution of plastic foam products, such as insulated coffee cups, made with harmful chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) will be banned in Los Angeles starting next July 1, the City Council decided Tuesday. Without debate, the council approved a proposed ordinance sponsored by Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky last November. But the ban will not remove plastic foam products from use.
October 21, 1988 |
The House, moving to control the threat of terrorist weapons that have yet to be developed, gave final approval Thursday to legislation controlling the manufacture, sale and use of all-plastic weapons that could elude metal detectors in airports and public buildings. The bill, which was approved on a voice vote, was passed earlier by the Senate. It now goes to President Reagan, who is expected to sign it into law.
March 3, 1988 |
The Justice Department, ending a long silence by the Reagan Administration on the issue, endorsed legislation Wednesday to ban plastic guns unless they contain enough metal to set off metal detectors. After months of internal debate in the Administration, Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III promised Sen. James A. McClure (R-Ida.), "the enthusiastic support of the Justice Department" for his legislation on undetectable plastic guns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1991 |
An experiment with plastic bricks by an Encino church may give Caltrans the ability to build lighter, cheaper sound walls to contain the noise of freeway traffic. Bethel Lutheran Church is building a 13-foot-high wall of polyurethane bricks between the Ventura Freeway and the church and its school, the first use of the lightweight blocks for a sound wall in the United States, according to the state Department of Transportation and the manufacturer of the blocks.
March 13, 1988 |
The sturdy brown paper grocery bag was a fixture. A verity. An expense. So when the crinkly plastic grocery bag made its U.S. debut, promising grocers big savings, it rapidly took over a large share of the market. Virtually unknown a decade ago, the petrochemical grocery bag now accounts for between 35% and 50% of the 30 billion bags sold annually, up from 5% as recently as 1982.
April 5, 1988 |
Japanese industrial machinery manufacturers Monday denied a claim by the American plastics industry that rising imports of injection molding machines are threatening the United States' national security. The denial followed the Jan. 11 filing of a petition against Japanese and European manufacturers by the Society of the Plastics Industry under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.
January 27, 1990 |
A surprise player has entered the fray between environmentalists and manufacturers of so-called degradable plastics. Warner-Lambert Co., best known for its Listerine, Rolaids and other health-care and consumer products, has announced a new plastic resin made "almost entirely" from starch. Its Novon "bio-plastic starch," as it calls the discovery, differs fundamentally from "degradable" plastics already on the market, which are blends of traditional plastics and starch.
March 29, 1991 |
Broadening its effort to make plastic packaging environmentally respectable, the U.S. plastics industry announced Thursday the goal of having most of the nation's consumers recycling their products by 1995. The announcement, in Washington, came with a "blueprint" for increasing the national plastic recycling rate--now 10%, by industry estimate.
January 12, 1988 |
Seven American companies asked the federal government Monday to investigate rising levels of plastics machinery imports, saying continued erosion of the U.S. market share would threaten national security. In a petition filed with the Commerce Department, the companies said U.S. manufacturers of injection molding machines are severely threatened by foreign competition, particularly from Japan. Injection molding is the process by which hot fluid plastic is forced into a mold at high pressure.