- Associated Press - Friday, November 27, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A bill banning the manufacture and sale of microscopic exfoliating beads used in personal care products has been introduced in Ohio.

State Reps. John Patterson and Kent Smith, both Democrats, said in unveiling the measure earlier this month that banning tiny plastic microbeads would help protect Lake Erie, part of the largest freshwater ecosystem in the world. The lake lies along the state’s northern border.

Such a ban would affect particles about the size of fish eggs that are present in soap, toothpaste, body washes and other products. They are too fine to be caught in wastewater treatment plants so can pollute lakes and rivers and be swallowed by fish and other aquatic life.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says 10 states have banned the particles since last year.

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