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Environment Washington
Seattle Times
Lynn Thompson

SEATTLE - A gray whale that washed up on a Puget Sound beach last year has become Exhibit A in the debate over whether to ban plastic bags in Seattle.

"While it's true we don't know what killed the whale, I think we can all agree those plastic bags don't belong there," said Dan Kohler, regional director of Environment Washington, which — along with several other environmental groups including People for Puget Sound and the Sierra Club — supports the city's proposed ban on plastic bags as a way to protect the Sound and marine wildlife.