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For immediate release:
Monday, May 5, 2014
For more information contact:
Brian Smith, 716-831-3206, bsmith@citizenscampaign.org


Albany, NY—The NYS Assembly passed the Microbead-Free Waters Act by a rare unanimous vote today. Over the past decade, manufacturers of personal care products have been adding tiny plastic beads known as microplastic particle abrasives or microbeads. Microbeads are used as exfoliants in common products such as facial scrubs, soaps and toothpaste. Unfortunately, recent scientific studies demonstrate that these microbeads are washed downs drains, polluting New York’s waterways, including Lake Erie. The Microbead-Free Waters Act would prohibit plastic microbeads from being used in personal care products in New York.

In response to the bill passing the Assembly today, Brian Smith, Program & Communications Director for Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE), said:

“Plastic microbeads can accumulate toxic chemicals and be consumed by fish and wildlife. They are unnecessarily polluting New York’s treasured waters, wildlife and threatening public health. Safer, bio-degradable, non-polluting alternatives to plastic microbeads are readily available and cost effective.

CCE commends Attorney General Schneiderman, Assemblyman Sweeney, and Senator Grisanti for their leadership to protect the health of the Great Lakes and all New York waters from plastic pollution. We thank the NYS Assembly for taking an important step to make New York a national leader in proactively addressing the emerging threat of plastic microbeads. We are looking forward to working with Senator Grisanti and the NYS Senate to ensure passage in the Senate this legislative session.”


Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by dcoppola  5/6/14