This bill proposes to prohibit the manufacture and sale of personal care products and over-the-counter drugs that contain synthetic plastic microbeads.  Municipal wastewater treatment plants do not effectively filter microbeads from water discharged to rivers and lakes in the State.  Plastic microbeads are persistent organic compounds that attract other pollutants commonly present in the environment, many of which are recognized to have serious deleterious impacts on human health or the environment, including DDT, DDE, PCBs, and flame-retardants.  Chemicals from plastics, such as PCBs, PAHs, and PBDEs, transfer to fish tissue during digestion, bioaccumulate, and result in liver damage.  Fish consumed by humans have been found to have ingested plastic microbeads.

Consumers can determine if their personal care or beauty products contain microbeads by checking the product ingredient list for “polyethylene” or “polypropylene.”

Status: Introduced and read for the first time on 1/8/15. First referred to the Committee on Human Services, which was relieved of the bill on 1/9/15.  Referred to the Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources on 1/9/15.

Click here to read the current version of this bill.

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