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Green groups fight plastic microbead pollution in North Country waters

Environmental groups in New York's North Country are trying to spread the word about water pollution from microbeads. Microbeads are tiny, colorful pieces of plastic used as exfoliating agents in facial scrubs and toothpastes.

Leahy announced support to Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015

BURLINGTON – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday announced his support of the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, introduced in May by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).  The legislation amends the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to ban the use of synthetic plastic microbeads in cosmetics beginning in 2018.

New York politicians seek ban on microbeads in cosmetics, cite water pollution

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York political leaders on Monday renewed their push to outlaw microbeads, the personal care plastic additives blamed for polluting waterways, and urged a statewide ban even as Congress considers prohibiting them across the nation.