EUGENE, Ore. The Eugene City Council has OK'd a plastic bag ban and a resolution opposing rail shipment of coal through the Oregon city.

The Register-Guard reports that the ban on thin plastic bags passed 6-2 Monday night. The coal train resolution was approved in a 5-3 vote.

The bag ban will take effect in six months. The ordinance requires retailers to charge a minimum of 5 cents for each paper bag dispensed in place of plastic bags. Councilor Alan Zelenka says that's an incentive to switch to reusable bags.

The ban contains some exemptions, such as the bags used to carry produce, meat and bulk food.

The coal train resolution arose in response to the possibility of coal being shipped by railroad through Eugene to Coos Bay. The Coos Bay proposal is one of a handful of Northwest coal export projects being considered.

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