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Microbeads Showing Up In the Great Lakes
Tiny plastic beads in personal care products are showing up in the Great Lakes and other water bodies amid growing worries about the danger they pose for humans, fish and other aquatic life.

The small bits of plastic, known as microbeads, are washed down sinks and toilets and eventually wend their way to public waterways.

Scientists say fish confuse them for food, since they often resemble fish eggs. Fish consume the tiny pellets, which can absorb toxins, potentially harming shore birds and possibly humans who eat the fish.

Microbeads are increasingly coming under fire, and in Wisconsin, Republican and Democratic lawmakers are introducing separate bills that would ban their manufacture and use in the state.


 
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