Local stores banned from selling products with microbeads after February 14

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County vendors who choose to sell products with microbeads after February 14 could face trouble with the law.

Erie County officials made the announcement via Twitter Tuesday. Anyone who sees products with microbeads being sold in stores is asked to report the store to cleanwaterways@erie.gov.

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill called the Microbeads-Free Waters Act of 2015 in December. The bill was later signed by President Obama.

The act contains legislation banning the sale of products containing plastic microbeads.

The beads have been known to pollute waterways, including the Great Lakes, according to studies.

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