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WASHINGTON (March 5, 2015) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement supporting the development of federal legislation to phase out microbeads. Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), the committee's ranking member, announced their intent to develop such a bill .

"We commend Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Pallone for their leadership on this important issue. Their plan to create a consensus bill presents an opportunity for Congress to create a federal law phasing out plastic microbeads from personal care products.

"Plastics provide many important benefits to modern life, but they don't belong in lakes, oceans or other waterways. ACC has supported legislation to phase out microbeads from personal care products in New Jersey and Illinois along with environmentalists and personal care product manufacturers. We look forward ‎to working with Chairman Upton, Ranking Member Pallone and their congressional colleagues to develop federal legislation consistent with these strong models.

"Through the American Chemistry Council, America's plastics makers have helped lead the development of the plastic's industry's ' Global Declaration on Solutions for Marine Litter ,' which has been signed by more than sixty plastics associations in 34 countries. Through this initiative, the industry has implemented more than 185 projects to reduce marine debris."


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