senate Bill S3932

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Enacts the "microbead-free waters act" to prohibit the sale of personal cosmetic products containing microbeads

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Archive: Last Bill Status - Stricken

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 08, 2016 recommit, enacting clause stricken
Jan 06, 2016 referred to environmental conservation
Feb 23, 2015 referred to environmental conservation


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S3932 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 37 Title 9 §§37-0901 - 37-0909, amd §71-3703, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Session:

S3932 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "Microbead-free waters act" to prohibit sale of personal cosmetic products containing microbeads.

S3932 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3932 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 23, 2015

Introduced  by  Sen.  O'MARA  -- (at request of the Attorney General) --
  read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
  the Committee on Environmental Conservation

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  environmental  conservation law, in relation to
  prohibiting the distribution and sale of  personal  cosmetic  products
  containing microbeads


  Section 1. Legislative intent.   The  legislature  hereby  finds  that
microbeads, a synthetic alternative ingredient to such natural materials
as  ground  almonds,  oatmeal  and  pumice,  found  in  over one hundred
personal cosmetic products, including  facial  cleansers,  shampoos  and
toothpastes, pose a serious threat to New York's environment.
  Microbeads have been documented to collect harmful pollutants, already
present  in  the  environment, and harm fish and other aquatic organisms
that form the base of the aquatic food chain.  Recently, microbeads have
been recorded in New York's water bodies, and in particular, the  waters
of  Lake  Erie. Research has suggested that the majority of these micro-
beads are entering water bodies through disposal down  household  drains
following the use of such personal cosmetic products.
  Without  significant  and  costly  improvements to the majority of New
York's sewage treatment facilities,  microbeads  contained  in  personal
cosmetic  products will continue to pollute New York's waters and hinder
the ongoing efforts to restore the state's lakes and rivers, recreation-
al and commercial fisheries  as  well  as  recent  substantial  economic
investments in redeveloping New York's waterfronts.
  S  2.  Article  37 of the environmental conservation law is amended by
adding a new title 9 to read as follows:
                                 TITLE 9

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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