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State bans microbeads

By Selena West The Connecticut General Assembly passed a budget bill in June that includes a provision to ban the sale and manufacture of plastic microbeads in cosmetic products. Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic added to over 100 different personal care products, including facial scrubs, shampoos and toothpastes. It is estimated that Connecticut residents wash more than three tons of microbeads down th ...

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Drug companies must fund take-back programs

By Selena West Community leaders in Alameda and three other counties in California and Washington have adopted laws requiring pharmaceutical companies to finance drug take-back programs. Drug take-back programs combat prescription drug abuse by removing unused medications from homes and are an environmentally safe method of disposal. A study by the U.S Geological Survey in 2000 found measurable amounts of o ...

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