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WATCH: Some Local Politicians Considering Possible Microbeads Ban in Monroe County

Sherri Mason (left), NY Environmental Scientist, SUNY Fredonia
Associated Press | SUNY Fredonia
Sherri Mason (left), NY Environmental Scientist, SUNY Fredonia

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Scientists have been investigating a surprising pollutant in the country’s waterways - tiny plastic beads found in cosmetics and personal care items. They’re called “microbeads.” According to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, “microbeads are a threat to our environment, our wildlife, and our public health.” So, what exactly are those little beads? And why are they considered to be so dangerous that some states are actually banning the sale of microbeads in personal care products? On this edition of Need to Know - we get a deeper understanding of microbeads and studio guests discuss the local impact.

Sasha-Ann Simons joined the team at WXXI News in 2015 as a Multimedia Reporter/Producer. She tells stories about the innovation economy and technology in upstate New York and also does general assignment reporting. Sasha-Ann is the host of Arts InFocus, WXXI-TV's weekly arts and culture program. She is also a fill-in host and regular contributor to Need To Know.