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Public at Risk from Microbeads, Warns EPA

The Irish Times
June 9, 2017 | O’Sullivan, Kevin |Copyright the irishtimes.com

The growth of polluting microplastics in the Irish environment has been confirmed by the Environmental Protection Agency which has warned of the risk to public health.

The agency has for the first time published evidence of the sources and scale of “microbeads” and their threat in Irish freshwaters.

Microbeads are tiny round plastic beads used in exfoliants, cleansers, toothpastes and cosmetic products.

The EPA yesterday published the findings of researchers at the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). It confirms how microbeads are spreading into rivers and lakes and threatening species living in these ecosystems. The evidence is likely to accelerate Government plans to introduce a ban on the use of microbeads in cosmetic and cleaning products. …