NEW YORK (CBSNEWS.COM) – Trillions of small plastic pellets known as nurdles have been escaping from petrochemical plants into waterways and oceans for decades. Only lately has serious action been taken to figure out what can be done, including a monumental settlement in Texas.
Formosa Plastics first opened a petrochemical factory in 1983. It now covers 2,500 acres of land near Port Lavaca, Texas. Trillions of polyethylene plastic pellets are made at the factory, the first step in making products that are used by people every day, from plastic bottles to bags, clothing and electronics.READ MORE: Texas Gov. Abbott Adds Property Tax Relief; Constitutional Amendment On Bail To 3rd Special Session Agenda
But billions of plastic pellets are also lost and find their way into waterways and eventually oceans. Many wash back up onto the beach.READ MORE: Federal Officials Confirm Many Haitian Migrants From Texas-Mexico Border Camp Staying In US
Jace Tunnell is the founder of Nurdle Patrol, a project that began tracking pellets after a massive spill near Corpus Christi, last year.MORE NEWS: Department Of Justice Sues To Stop Alliance Between American Airlines And JetBlue