- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is joining local officials in a Lake Ontario community to call on federal lawmakers to pass legislation that would prohibit the use of tiny plastic microbeads in personal care products.

In July, the New York Democrat urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to list microbeads as Great Lakes contaminants. Microbeads used in products such as facial scrubs and hand cleaners can wash into bodies of water, where they can be ingested by birds and fish.

Environmentalists say microbeads could have a devastating effect on the Great Lakes fish populations and the related tourism industry.

Gillibrand is joining leaders of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, the mayor of Oswego and the chairman of the Port of Oswego Authority’s board of directors at a Monday afternoon news conference to push for action banning microbeads.

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