Paper or plastic viable option on coast for now

Posted April 19, 2011 4:32 p.m. EDT

Plastic grocery bags that have been banished in recent years along the coast for environmental concerns are now back in vogue because of the weekend storms.

One of the 25 tornadoes that raked the eastern half of the state on North Carolina hit a Food Lion distribution center in Dunn, preventing it from meeting the demands for paper grocery bags in Dare, Currituck and Hyde counties.

So the House and Senate voted Tuesday to temporarily lift the ban on plastic bags, which lawmakers adopted two years ago, until June 30. The measure was sent by special messenger to Gov. Perdue for quick signing.