EU Asks for Input to Reduce Release of Microplastics Into Oceans

June 27, 2017, 10:10 PM

The European Commission said microplastics, or pieces of plastic less than 5 millimeters in diameter, are accumulating in oceans, where they can cause “disproportionately high” damage because they absorb natural toxins and pile up in the food chain.

The commission, the EU’s executive arm, is now calling for comments through Oct. 16 on potential measures the European Union could take to reduce the release into the environment of plastic microbeads, synthetic textile fibers, and other microplastics.

The main sources of microplastics in the environment are particles from worn vehicle tires, microfibers from synthetic textiles, and accidental spills, for example, of...

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