Rincon recently finalized an EIR for a proposed ordinance in the City of Palo Alto that would extend the City’s existing bag ordinance such that all retailers including “take out” food restaurants would be prohibited from providing free single-use plastic bags and paper bags to customers at the point of sale. The ordinance would eliminate the use of single use carryout bags, charge a fee for the use of recyclable paper carryout bags and encourage the use of reusable bags. Rincon was retained to prepare the EIR for the ordinance and to assist the City in the preparation of the Ordinance. Key issues addressed in the EIR include air quality, biological resources, greenhouse gases, hydrology and water quality, and utilities (water, wastewater and solid waste). The ordinance will go into effect beginning November 2013.