Albany County to consider microbead ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The city is mulling a microbead ban after Erie County banned cosmetic products with the tiny plastic beads in July.

Legislation sponsored by Albany County Legislator Bryan Clenahan will be unveiled Monday at a news conference. Representatives of the state attorney general and several environmental groups will be on hand.

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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.

Legislation for a statewide ban failed in the state Legislature last year.


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