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As Shell’s ethane cracker nears startup, people are surveying the Ohio River for plastic nurdles

Environmental groups and researchers want to establish a baseline for the small pieces of plastic, so they can tell if nurdles are getting into the river from the massive plant.

By Julie Grant/The Allegheny Front

Plastics can break down into tiny pieces by the time they hit the Great Lakes. This Penn State researcher wants to know what they are before they degrade

Sherri Mason said policymakers ask how much of plastic pollution comes from bags or bottles — and she can’t answer. So she’s working to find out.

By Julie Grant/The Allegheny Front

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