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Christie Signs Ban on Cosmetic Microbeads Posing Threat in Water

Monday, 23 Mar 2015 05:36 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation banning tiny scrubbing beads from health-and-beauty aids as a potential hazard to the food supply after Democrats agreed to lower fines.

The bill will phase out the plastic particles, about the size of a pencil tip, starting in 2018. Scientists have found evidence of the beads or their molecular components in Great Lakes fish and other aquatic life, a base of the food chain. The governor signed the bill today, according to an e-mail from a spokesman, Kevin Roberts.

Christie, a 52-year-old Republican who may run for president next year, rejected the legislation in December. He agreed to back the revised measure after asking Democrats who control the legislature to lower the fines to $500 from $10,000 and limit enforcement power to the head of environmental protection.

The beads, intended to scrub and brighten, are made of polyethylene or polypropylene. Whole, they may harm digestive tracts, and their decaying components may bond to other stray molecules to form toxic compounds.

Illinois was the first U.S. state to ban the ingredient, effective Jan. 1, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Feb. 19 submitted a similar bill to that state’s lawmakers. Federal legislation, the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, was introduced in Congress on March 4.

Paris-based L’Oreal SA, the world’s largest cosmetics maker, which has factories in New Jersey, expects to stop using microbeads in its formulas in 2017. Crest toothpaste manufacturer Procter & Gamble Co. will drop the beads by March 2016.

 

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation banning tiny scrubbing beads from health-and-beauty aids as a potential hazard to the food supply after Democrats agreed to lower fines.The bill will phase out the plastic particles, about the size of a pencil tip, starting...
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