In surprising truce, antagonists agree to ban plastic 'microbeads' pouring into Great Lakes

  • by: JOHN FLESHER , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 18, 2014 - 4:05 PM

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Environmentalists in Illinois expected a battle royal over their call for a statewide ban on "microbeads" — tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways. Discovered only recently, they're showing up inside fish that are caught for human consumption, scientists say.

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