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EPA says it will ban microbead use in cosmetics, toiletries in '17

TAIPEI--The Cabinet-level Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) will issue advance notice next year that it will ban the use of tiny plastic particles in the production of cosmetics, toothpaste, facial washes and other personal care products, an EPA official said Wednesday.

EPA Minister Lee Ying-yuan has issued a directive for the advance notice after several environmental groups, led by Greenpeace, recently put forward a petition with 6,000 signatures to the EPA, demanding an immediate ban on the ingredient, according to EPA Department of Waste Management Director-General Wu Sheng-chung.

Calls for a full ban on plastic microbeads have been rising, as several research studies have proved that the small plastic particles can be severely harmful to marine life and the ecology.

According to standard administrative procedures, the EPA is required to give advance notice of a ban before it can be confirmed.

It will take about two months to notify the public of the planned ban. Before the notification process, public opinion will be sought through hearings, and scholars and experts will discuss the plan.

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