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Documents: How industry group shaped environmental lessons

A new environmental curriculum for California public school students was edited to include a section titled “The Advantages of Plastic Shopping Bags,” in response to complaints from the American Chemistry Council. Some of the language in the section was taken almost verbatim from letters written by the chemistry council.

The following are source documents for “Plastics industry edited environmental textbook."

The final draft of the new environmental curriculum has been edited to include positive messages about plastic shopping bags by the suggestion of the American Chemistry Council.



The council's public comment submitted to Education and the Environment Initiative regarding the lesson on plastic shopping bags.




The original text from the curriculum submitted for public review and comment.




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