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GREAT LAKES-PLASTIC POLLUTION
In surprising truce, antagonists agree to ban plastic 'microbeads' pouring into Great Lakes
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1:39 PM EDT
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.
Environmentalists and business groups are finding surprising common ground in a campaign to get rid of tiny plastic bits that are polluting the Great Lakes and other waters and being eaten by fish.
Instead of the usual industry-versus-environmentalists battle, both sides in Illinois agreed the microbeads need to go and negotiated a timetable.
Disagreements remain in the other states. But leading manufacturers of personal care products say they're willing to phase out microbeads in favor of natural abrasives such as salt and ground-up fruit pits.