Legislature considers banning microbeads: Oregon environment news | OregonLive.com

 

Oregon could join the list of states to ban microbeads, a popular exfoliating agent found in face wash and other hygienic products.

House Bill 3478 would phase in restrictions on the plastic beads, which often slip past water treatment systems and into the ocean. There, fish mistake them for food, eat them and become contaminated with toxins. Oregon’s ban would not apply to the sale of over-the-counter drugs.

Effective immediately, neonicotinoids can no longer be used on Portland city property. The Portland City Council voted Tuesday to ban the insecticides, which are responsible for multiple mass bee die-offs in Oregon in the past year and are suspected to contribute to colony collapse disorder. The ban does not extend to private property. The Oregonian’s Andrew Theen reports Portland’s ban follows similar actions in Spokane, Seattle and Eugene. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also pledged to ban the insecticides last year on more than 150 million acres of public land.

California’s drought has gotten so bad, the state’s governor is imposing mandatory water restrictions. Gov. Jerry Brown announced the restrictions Wedesday at a snow survey where surveyors the lowest level of Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping. The restrictions include mandatory curtailments for campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large users. It also calls upon local governments to replace lawns with drought-resistant landscapes and charge people more for using high amounts of water.

Kelly House | khouse@oregonian.com | 503-221-8178 | @Kelly_M_House

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