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WASHINGTON (March 24, 2015) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie yesterday signed into law Assembly Bill 3083, which prohibits the production, manufacture and sale of personal cosmetic products containing synthetic plastic microbeads. New Jersey follows Illinois in becoming the second state to pass such a measure. Several other states and Congress are considering similar legislation. The following statement may be attributed to the American Chemistry Council:

"America's plastics makers applaud the New Jersey legislature and Governor Christie for taking this important step to phase out the use of microbeads in personal care products. This new law builds on voluntary efforts initiated by personal care product makers and is supported by industry, NGOs and government alike. As other states and Congress work to adopt similar measures to phase out microbeads, we look forward to working with policymakers to develop legislation that is consistent with the strong models passed in Illinois and New Jersey.

"Every day, plastics benefit the environment by helping to conserve materials, trim waste, lower energy use, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The American Chemistry Council and its members are working hard to prevent plastics from becoming marine debris by promoting proper use, handling, recycling and recovery of these valuable materials. Through the American Chemistry Council, America's plastics makers have helped lead the development of the plastics industry's " Global Declaration on Solutions for Marine Litter ," which has been signed by more than sixty plastics associations in 34 countries. Today,  more than 185 projects focused on researching, preventing or reducing marine debris are underway around the globe."

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