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Published: Friday, May 24 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Kalispell, MT

Why are so many of California's "solutions" based on assigning responsibility to parties who have no control? If you think this is a great idea, consider how it can be applied to YOU. You sell a car which is involved in an accident a year later and both insurance companies and law enforcement come after YOU. You sell items at a garage sale which are found thrown by the side of a road some months later and YOU are fined and made responsible for the clean-up. Is this a precedent we really want to have set? Canada is at least on the right track. A fine for littering starts at $500. Exorbitant? Don't want to pay? Don't litter. Apply the same principle to industrial poluters - the very first infraction is too painful to contemplate, so no ocean dumping. Of course that would require rational government enforcement, which is often in short supply.


@ Jefferson: Nothing in the proposed legislation indicates any potential for your scenarios. The legislation merely asks producers to reduce the amount of waste they include with their products.

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