Thursday, April 26, 2018

"The Balloon Council’s primary target? Anti-balloon environmental laws that it worries will cripple the industry"

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The group, which was founded in 1990, has discovered a way to outmaneuver even federal agencies like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which say balloons pose a threat to the environment

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Though the Balloon Council does not promote balloon releases, which have resulted in an estimated 280,293 littered balloons in the U.S. from 2008 to 2016, they oppose efforts to enshrine a ban on releases into law, fearing that such legislation would frighten customers. “It’s a negative stigma on the product,” Lorna O’Hara, the Council’s executive director told The Outline. “There’s a lot of small mom-and-pops where this is their primary product.”