SOUTH PLAINFIELD - One New Jersey congressman says soaps some New Jersey residents use are polluting the state’s waters.
Rep. Frank Pallone says plastic microbeads found in some soaps and exfoliators don’t biodegrade and are a threat to wildlife.
“The chemicals found in these synthetic plastic microbeads can be harmful,” he says. “It's not only a question of the impact on the waterways but actually ingestion that could cause these things to come back into our own systems."
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The congressman has announced proposed legislation that would ban the sale of these types of soaps in New Jersey.
State lawmakers are also working on a bill to ban the sale of microbeads in cosmetics. The bill was conditionally vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie, but the sponsor says they've reached an agreement and hope to have it signed into law by next month.