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PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release:
Friday, December 18, 2015
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Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 5163907150, aesposito@citizenscampaign.org
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U.S. SENATE JOINS HOUSE IN PASSING BAN ON PLASTIC MICROBEADS

CCE lauds federal passage of ban as a holiday gift of clean water for every American; praises Senator Gillibrand for her leadership

Farmingdale, NY—Today the U.S. Senate passed the Microbead Free Waters Act of 2015 (S.1424), which will ban the manufacture and sale of personal cosmetic products that contain plastic microbeads. The House had passed companion legislation on December 7th. The bill will now go to the President to be signed into law.

Over the past decade, manufacturers of personal cosmetic products have been adding plastic microbeads to products like facial scrubs, soaps, and toothpastes. Scientific studies demonstrate that these microbeads are passing through sewage treatment plants and polluting waterways across New York State, Connecticut, and the nation. In response to the bill’s passage, CCE offered the following statement:

“Today Congress delivered a holiday gift of clean water to every American. Banning plastic microbeads is the gift that will keep on giving for years to come. Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) commends Congress for passing this commonsense legislation, and applauds Senator Gillibrand for her leadership to protect our nation’s waters from unnecessary and harmful plastic microbeads.

Plastic microbeads may be tiny, but they are adding up to a huge problem all our nation’s waters. There is no reason that we should be eating fish poisoned with toxic microbeads when safe, natural, and cost-effective alternatives to plastic microbeads are already on the market.

A federal microbead ban is a natural progression from the local and state bans that have been piling up across the nation. From Erie County to Suffolk County, and from Connecticut to California, grassroots efforts to ban microbeads have swelled into the federal action we witnessed today.

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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 jchristensen  12/21/15