Plastic pellets pile up along the river

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They're called nurdles and they're piling up into a mess

NEW ORLEANS – You may have seen them.

You may have even stepped into them.

They’re plastic pellets.

Millions of them.

Maybe even billions of them along the river.

They spilled from a cargo ship a few weeks ago.

WGNO’s Bill Wood talks to environmentalists who say the pellets are piling up to be a problem.

These pellets even have a name.

They’re called Nurdles.

They’re used to make plastic bottles, plastic bags and even LEGOS.

The good news?

USES began cleanup near this Nicholls Wharf on Saturday.

The cleanup will continue throughout the week, weather permitting.

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