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Erie County sets state and national trend with comprehensive Microbead ban


ERIE COUNTY LOCAL LAW SPREADING Erie County sets state and national trend with comprehensive Microbead ban. States, counties and municipalities throughout the Country have introduced Microbead bans using Erie County’s law as a template. Legislator Patrick Burke, author and sponsor of the local law to ban Microbeads in Erie County commends the New York City Council on the introduction of nearly identical legislation in New York City. ERIE COUNTY, NY —Today Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke (7th District) is pleased to announce the continued spread of the Microbead ban across the state of New York. This morning the New York City Council introduced a bill to ban these harmful micro-plastics, nearly identical to the Local Law passed by Erie County. The New York City ban not only mirrors the structure of the Erie County Law, but it also uses the strict six month implementation timeline. Legislator Patrick Burke, author and sponsor of Erie County’s Law sees this as a major victory in his crusade against the pollution of our water resources. “We’ve been working hard to promote the adoption of the ban on Microbeads throughout New York, people are influencing the political will to prevent pollution and protect one of our most precious natural resources,” Said Burke. “Now the two largest cities in NY have banned Microbeads setting a standard which the rest of New York and the nation are beginning to follow. Erie County is the catalyst for this statewide and national action.” Since the August passage of Erie County’s Local Law banning Microbeads several other counties within New York such as Monroe, Duchess, Tompkins, Cattaraugus, Niagara and Chautauqua Counties have passed or introduced bans with similar language and structure. California also passed a bill through their State Assembly nearly identical to the Erie County law. Legislator Burke will continue to fight for the protection and prosperity of our region and its resources.