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Ohio Senator proposes cosmetic microbead ban
Ohio joins New York and California with proposed bans on microbeads in beauty products that pollute Great Lakes and oceans

Karen Kasler
Microbeads collected in Lake Erie by researchers from SUNY Fredonia in 2012. The beads are believed to come from personal beauty products.
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There are tiny particles called microbeads turning up in all sorts of beauty products, from facial scrubs to body washes to toothpaste.

But a Democratic lawmaker from the Cleveland area says when those microbeads go down the drain, they end up in the wastewater treatment system.

And Senator Michael Skindell of Lakewood says those microbeads are too small to be filtered out…


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Skindell says some companies using the microbeads, such as Unilever, have said they’re phasing them out, and others are using natural exfoliants such as crushed walnut or coconut shells.

Skindell’s bill would fine companies that violate the microbead ban a thousand dollars a day.

But with no Republican co-sponsors it may not get far in the Senate, where Republicans dominate Democrats 2-1.

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