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Public Hearing Scheduled on Proposed Microbeads Law

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Legislature scheduled November 17 as the date for a public hearing on a proposed Local Law that would prohibit the sale in Tompkins County of personal care products containing microbeads. The hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Legislature Chambers, located on the Second Floor of the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building, 121 E. Court Street, Ithaca.

“Microbeads” are synthetic, plastic particles added to personal care products, such as facial cleansers, shampoos, and toothpastes. The proposed law notes that microbeads, which enter bodies of water through disposal down household drains following the use of such personal cosmetic products and collect harmful pollutants already present in the environment, pose a serious threat to Tompkins County’s environment. The County, through its Department of Weights and Measures, would have jurisdiction to enforce the proposed local law.