NPR, Ronnie Hammering, Supervisor discussed on All Things Considered
The 405 right now. 63 degrees at l. A X from NPR news. This is all things considered. I'm Ari Shapiro and I'm Mary Louise Kelly. Billions of tiny plastic pellets have been spilling into oceans and rivers, the world over where birds and fish eat them. They are the building blocks of all plastic melts 350 of them. You get a yogurt cup, 1000 gets you a water bottle, but an NPR and PBS frontline investigation found the oil and plastic industry has long known there an environmental problem. NPR's Laura Sullivan brings us this story about how the oil in plastic industry evaded regulation. Despite decades of spills. You probably haven't spent a lot of time standing on train tracks looking at your feet. We're looking at the edge of a highway outside of plastic manufacturer. If you did, there's a good chance you'll see them little plastic pellets. This is Kocsis Creek, and we're looking at fresh pellets that has fallen out of the Terps. Ronnie hammering is standing on state Road 35 in Southeast Texas. Rising four square miles. Behind him is the petrochemical plant. Formosa Plastics. Um, They're not Just here. There over there. They're important Lakha. You're gonna find him down the road. Hamlet's not an anti plastic environmentalist. He's a former supervisor who worked to Formosa for 25 years, And while he worked there, he says, he was told to cover up spills of.