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California Senate acts to ban use of plastic microbeads by 2020

California Senate acts to ban use of plastic microbeads by 2020

A day after the Senate failed to muster the votes needed, lawmakers on Friday approved an amended bill that would prohibit the sale of personal-care products that contain plastic microbeads, starting in 2020. Lawmakers also gave final legislative approval to bills aimed at improving election turnouts and regulating unmanned aerial drones. Sen. Ben Hueso (D-Logan Heights) said microbeads are a “significant source of pollution in our water bodies, including the Los Angeles River and San Francisco Bay.” The measure was changed to exempt natural exfoliates and eliminate a requirement to have the state Department of Toxic Substances Control to review alternative plastic...

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