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Microbead Ban Becomes National Law

When it comes to microbeads, Indiana is ahead of the curve. National legislation banned the tiny plastic particles on Dec. 28. Indiana passed a law banning microbeads in April of last year.

The tiny plastic microbeads are less than 5 millimeters in dimension and can be found in cosmetic products. They are not biodegradable, and they’re impossible to filter though the waste water treatment process. They accumulate in lakes and rivers over time.

There are concerns about microbeads and their impact on the environment- particularly the Great Lakes and there are questions about their health effects as well.

State Attorney General Greg Zoeller says Congress’ decision to enact a blanket ban makes a lot of sense.

“Well, it is up to the federal government on a regulated product to decide whether something is in the stream of commerce. So, it’s not for a local decision. It’s not for a state decision. It’s a national decision,” says Attorney General Greg Zoeller during his campaign through District 9 on Tuesday.

The Indiana law banned Indiana companies from manufacturing goods with synthetic microbeads beginning in 2019. The federal law is implemented in phases beginning in 2017, and it requires companies to stop producing products with microbeads by 2018.

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