Columbus—Today, Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) announced the introduction of Senate Bill 304, legislation that would ban the use of microbeads in Ohio.. Used in personal care and beauty products such as facial scrubs, body washes, toothpaste and hand soaps, these particles, coated with toxins like PCBs are being deposited into Lake Erie causing harm to the water and marine life.
“By enacting this common sense legislation, we can help stop the pollution of one of Ohio’s greatest landmarks,” said Senator Skindell.
Microbeads are micro-polymer particles, less than five millimeters in diameter, that are made of synthetic or semi-synthetic polymeric materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polymethyl methacrylate, or a combination of such polymers. Due to their color, fish mistake them for food and digest them.
“According to a study conducted by scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the 5 Gyres Institute, “356,000 microbeads are found in one 4.2-ounce tube of a leading facial cleanser,” said Senator Skindell. “Unfortunately due to their size, they are slipping through our waste water management systems and ending up in Lake Erie.”
Companies found to be in violation would be subject to a misdemeanor fine of $1,000 for each day in which the violation occurs.
A similar measure was introduced in New York in early February due to the high volume of microbeads found along the New York shores of Lake Erie. Companies such as Procter and Gamble and Johnson and Johnson have pledged to phase out the usage of microbeads. Powdered pecan shells and sea salt have been considered as alternatives.
Ohio is the third state to introduce legislation to ban the usage of microbeads.
Columbus-Today, State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) announced that the Ohio Controlling Board approved funds for Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools to create the Willoughby Eastlake School of Innovation, which will offer students in grades 3-5 a STEM education curriculum. The district was one of just 37 educational entities selected among over 600 applicants to receive funding in the second round of grants from the newly created Straight A Fund Program.
Columbus –Today, Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) congratulated schools in the 33rd Senate District for receiving $975,250 from the Straight A Fund Program to improve STEM education through Project Inspire.
Columbus – State Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) announced today that the State Controlling Board has released $44,288 to replace two hot water boilers and $143,385 for the Perimeter Fence Alarm project at the Toledo Correctional Institution (ToCI).
Cincinnati-On Friday, July 25, Senator Turner delivered the keynote address at the National Council of Urban League Guild's Leadership Luncheon in Cincinnati. She encouraged attendees to continue their important work toward making America a more equitable nation, with an emphasis on ensuring access to the ballot and increased economic opportunity.