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2022 Research Topic: Microplastics

Microplastics samples
Credit: Cole Brookson
CalSPEC is currently supporting the California Assembly Natural Resources and Senate Environmental Quality Committees to produce a report on microplastics. Microplastics are small fragments of plastic, which enter the environment through various sources, such as personal care products, clothing, and plastic packaging. The research surrounding the issue of microplastics is complex and broad. The current report will explore the different sources, pathways, and environmental fate of microplastics; the potential impacts on human health; and the current status of national, state/provincial, and local policies for microplastics control, mitigation, and management. The CalSPEC microplastics research team will conduct a brief narrative review of the environmental impact of microplastics; a rapid systematic review of the health effects of microplastics; and an overview of relevant state, national, and international policies relating to microplastics. The overarching goal is to provide the State Legislature with a comprehensive summary of the evidence on microplastic pollution to help inform public policy.


CalSPEC welcomes public submissions of scientific evidence regarding human health and environmental effects of microplastics as well as policies affecting the prevention, mitigation, or management of microplastics. Submissions are due no later than July 15, 2022 to ensure timely review of materials. Please send your submissions to .


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