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WASHINGTON (December 18, 2015) - Today, the U.S. Senate voted to pass the "Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015" (H.R. 1321), which would phase out solid plastic microbeads used in rinse-off personal care products. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response:

"ACC commends bipartisan efforts by the U.S. Senate to pass the 'Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015,' which will ensure there is one sensible, national standard to phase out solid-plastic microbeads from rinse-off personal care products across America. We would like to thank Senators Portman and Gillibrand-as well as others-for their leadership in moving this legislation through the Senate.

"ACC and its members applaud Congress for approving and sending the president this bipartisan legislation that highlights national product stewardship efforts by the personal care and cosmetic industry to phase out the use of solid plastic microbeads used in personal care exfoliating products."

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