Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios spoke at an event yesterday to discusses the environmental concerns posed by the use of microbeads in personal care products during a press conference held Tuesday at Middlesex County’s Spring Lake Park in South Plainfield.  He was joined by U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.; Freeholder Deputy Director Carol Barrett Bellante; State Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr.; State Assemblywoman Nancy J. Pinkin ; Jim Walsh of Food & Water Watch, and Sandra Meola of NY/NJ Baykeeper.
 
The event was held by Congressman Pallone and Assemblyman Diegnan to highlight the harmful effects of plastic microbeads on fish and regional waterways, and the lawmakers’ efforts at the federal and state levels in response to these issues.  The synthetic products are commonly found in products such as face wash, soap and toothpaste.  The small bits of plastic can slip through water treatment systems and often end up in local streams, rivers and larger bodies of water.  



“Dangers like these remind us why it is so important to be mindful of the products we use, and what happens to them after their use,” Rios said.  “It is not only a matter of protecting one’s self, but the community.”
Congressman Pallone said: “By phasing out the use of plastic microbeads and transitioning to non-synthetic alternatives, we can protect U.S. waters before it’s too late.”

Diegnan said: “I applaud Congressman Pallone for recognizing the ill effects that microbeads have on our environment and standing with what we have done in New Jersey as we take steps to curb their use.” - See more at: http://www.mcdonj.com/#sthash.4ESizP47.dpuf