Volume 92 Issue 24 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: June 16, 2014

Drawing A Bead On Microbeads

Pollution: Illinois enacts nation’s first law to ban tiny plastic spheres in personal care products
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: Plastic, pollution, water pollution, Illinois, Great Lakes, personal care products

Illinois is outlawing the teensy plastic scrubbing beads added to some facial washes and other personal cleansing products.

Gov. Patrick J. Quinn III (D) signed legislation last week that will ban the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing plastic microbeads. The law applies to plastics that measure less than 5 mm in any direction and are used in products to exfoliate or cleanse. Both houses of the Illinois General Assembly . . .

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