From TheDenverChannel.com (Theresa Marchetta, Sandra Barry):
A bill that would ban the production, sale, and promotion of any personal care product containing microbeads moved forward Tuesday at the State Capitol.
State Representative Dianne Primavera (D-Broomfield) and State Senator Nancy Todd (D-Aurora) introduced HB15-1144, which would be implemented over several years to take full effect in 2020, with penalties for violations as high as $10,000.
The House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee, which Primavera chairs, voted Tuesday afternoon to approve the bill.
In May 2014, the CALL7 Investigators were first to expose concerns over microbeads in Colorado water. That investigation confirmed the plastic particles — which are found in some toothpastes, face washes, body washes, shampoos, eyeliners, lip glosses and deodorants — had made their way through state filtration systems and into the South Platte River. The CALL7 Investigators sent water samples from the South Platte to a specialized lab in Marietta, Ga., which found microbeads made of polypropylene, a type of plastic. The toxic particles can be consumed by fish, and ultimately, by humans…
In 2014, Illinois became the first state to ban microbeads. At least five other states have either pending or approved legislation banning or significantly minimizing their use.
The Federal Drug Administration has approved microbead use in personal care products, but some dental professionals say they’re concerned not only about the impact on the environment, but on the consumers who use products containing microbeads…
In September, Procter & Gamble, which manufactures Crest toothpaste, confirmed plans to remove microbeads from most of its products within six months — and from all of its products by March 2016. Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, and Colgate have made similar commitments. Primavera said Johnson & Johnson approached her to propose HB15-1144.
The bill moves next to a vote on the House floor.
More 2015 Colorado legislation coverage here