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October 21, 1988 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
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 | United Press International
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.
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 | MARTHA M. HAMILTON, Washington Post
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 | United Press International
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.
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 | MICHAEL PARRISH
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 | Associated Press
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.
March 19, 1989 | MAUREEN FAN, Times Staff Writer
About a month and a half ago, 18-year-old Alex Carrillo was a self-described "hoodlum," a high school dropout who hung around with gang members. Now the National City youth says he has a better future to look forward to--a job that is practically guaranteed. Carrillo is one of about a hundred "economically disadvantaged" San Diegans in a special training program in composite-plastics fabrication, a growing field with a severe shortage of entry-level labor.
January 23, 1988 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, Times Science Writer
The ideal plastic Big Mac container, foam coffee cup or disposable diaper, experts say, should be a lot like Oliver Wendell Holmes's "wonderful one-hoss shay," which ran perfectly for 100 years before it fell apart in one brief moment of chaos. For example, the foam cup should keep coffee warm until it is empty, then disintegrate into thousands of microscopic pieces, whether in a trash container or on the roadside. Alas, the cup is better built than the shay.
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