Ulster to consider ban on microbead products

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KINGSTON – The Ulster County Legislature will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, December 9, on a local law that would ban personal care products containing microbeads, which are deemed to be an environmental concern.  
The almost microscopic beads are sometimes used in exfoliates and even toothpaste, and cannot be trapped in standard sewage treatment plants.  They often end up in waterways and the ocean. 
Two citizens voiced concern during public comment at the start of Tuesday night’s monthly legislative session. 
The 6:45 hearing on microbeads will be followed by another hearing on proposed salary revisions for some elected county officials.
The hearings on December 9 precede a special meeting called to adopt the 2016 county budget.