Full Text of SB2727 98th General Assembly
SB2727sam001 98TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Sen. Heather A. Steans
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AMENDMENT TO SENATE BILL 2727
AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2727 by replacing
everything after the enacting clause with the following:
The Environmental Protection Act is amended by
adding Section 52.5 as follows:
(415 ILCS 5/52.5 new)
(a) As used in this Section:
"Microbead" means any plastic component of a personal
cosmetic product measured to be 5 millimeters or less in
"Personal cosmetic product" means any article intended
to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced
into, or otherwise applied to the human body or any part
thereof for cleansing, beautifying, promoting
attractiveness, or altering the appearance, and any
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article intended for use as a component of any such
article. "Personal cosmetic product" does not include any
product for which a prescription is required.
(b) The General Assembly hereby finds that microbeads, a
synthetic alternative ingredient to such natural materials as
ground almonds, oatmeal, and pumice, found in over 100 personal
cosmetic products, including facial cleansers, shampoos, and
toothpastes, pose a serious threat to the State's environment.
Microbeads have been documented to collect harmful pollutants
already present in the environment and harm fish and other
aquatic organisms that form the base of the aquatic food chain.
Recently, microbeads have been recorded in Illinois water
bodies, and in particular, the waters of Lake Michigan.
Research has suggested that the majority of these microbeads
are entering water bodies through disposal down household
drains following the use of such personal cosmetic products.
Without significant and costly improvements to the majority of
the State's sewage treatment facilities, microbeads contained
in personal cosmetic products will continue to pollute
Illinois' waters and hinder the ongoing efforts to restore the
State's lakes and rivers, recreational and commercial
fisheries, and recent substantial economic investments in
redeveloping Illinois' waterfronts.
(c) No person shall produce, manufacture, sell, or offer
for sale any personal cosmetic product that contains
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(d) The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency may adopt
rules necessary to implement the provisions of this Section.
(e) Any violation of this Section is a business offense
punishable by a fine not to exceed $2,500 for each day during
which the violation continues, and the person committing the
violation may be enjoined from continuing the violation. For a
second or subsequent violation, the fine may not exceed $5,000
for each day during which the violation continues.
(f) The regulation of products containing microbeads under
this Section is an exclusive power and function of the State. A
home rule unit may not regulate the sale of products containing
microbeads. This Section is a denial and limitation of home
rule powers and
functions under subsection (h) of Section 6 of
Article VII of the Illinois
This Act takes effect December