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Niagara County delays action on microbead ban

LOCKPORT – A proposed local law to ban the sale of cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads was withdrawn from Tuesday’s Niagara County Legislature agenda.

The lead sponsor, Legislator Jason A. Zona, D-Niagara Falls, said there was a disagreement over who should enforce the law. He wanted the Sheriff’s Office to do it, but he said the majority Republicans preferred to assign the duty to the Health Department. Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton said he wants to be part of that discussion.

Zona said the issue should be hashed out in committee. “If necessary, we’ll reintroduce it in the new (2016) Legislature,” Zona said.

However, the House of Representatives passed a national ban on nonbiodegradeable microbeads Monday, with the bill now pending in the Senate, so the whole issue may become moot.