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Source: Daily Freeman News

While Ulster considers, Suffolk County bans microbeads in toiletries

Posted: October 28, 2015
Originally Published: October 27, 2015

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) — Long Island’s Suffolk County has become the third county in New York to ban microbeads in personal care products.

County Executive Steve Bellone signed the legislation on Monday. The ban will take effect January 2018.

The beads are so small they show up in the bodies of fish and other wildlife after passing through water filtration systems without disintegrating.

According to Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1S7Cj2t ), Adrienne Esposito, the executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said as more states ban the beads, pressure will increase on New York state lawmakers to enact a statewide law.

New York’s Erie and Chautauqua counties also have passed a ban on the beads.

A proposal to ban microbead toiletries in Ulster County was tabled earlier this month at the committee level of the county Legislature due to the objections of some lawmakers. The lawmakers said they wanted a list of products that include microbeads and also objected to language they said would intrude on private behavior and the right of businesses to do what they want.