Pingree Opposes Styrofoam in D.C. Eatery 

A Maine congresswoman says she’s unhappy with a switch to non-recyclable Styrofoam plates and flatware in U.S. House cafeterias. Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree is sending a letter to House Republican leaders voicing her objections to the switch. The 1st District congresswoman says it may seem like a small thing, but it sends a terrible message. Pingree says she can’t understand why House leaders would go out of their way to abandon environmentally sound practices when they should be focusing on jobs and the economy. Two years ago, Democratic leaders led an initiative to compost food waste and use recyclable, biodegradable flatware in the cafeteria. Pingree says those green initiatives were paid for with the cafeteria system’s profits. (AP)