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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

Representing the 21st District of New York

House Passes Microbead-Free Waters Act

December 7, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C.–Today, the House passed the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 by voice vote. Congresswoman Stefanik cosponsored this legislation that would prohibit the sale or distribution of cosmetics containing synthetic plastic microbeads.

“When I travel throughout the North Country, one of the frequent environmental concerns I hear about from residents around our district is about the concern of microbeads,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “These plastic microbeads often end up polluting waters -- including the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario -- because many waste water treatment plants cannot screen them. This has been an issue that I have heard from in my meetings with Save the River and with the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages just this weekend. I am pleased to help the House pass this important measure today and urge the Senate to quickly follow suit and send this to the President’s desk without delay.”

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