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Source: WNYT Albany

Albany County considers microbead ban after waterway contamination concerns

BY WNYT STAFF

Posted: September 16, 2015
Originally Published: September 14, 2015

Albany County is mulling a microbead ban after Erie County banned cosmetic products with the tiny plastic beads in July.

Legislation sponsored by County Legislator Bryan Clenahan will be unveiled later Monday morning.

The plastic particles are too fine to be caught in wastewater treatment plants and are flowing by the billions into the Hudson River and other waterways.

Scientists say they're also showing up inside fish that are caught for human consumption.

Albany County officials say the particles attract and absorb pollutants such as PCBs.

The beads are used as scrubbing agents in some face washes and toothpastes

CCE's Bill Cook is featured in the video.