On September 23, 2023, nine cars of a CSX train came off the tracks and spilled millions of tiny plastic pellets in Hyattsville, Maryland in a location that is a critical containment point for runoff into the Anacostia Watershed. There was a fuel spillage that took place as well.
Anacostia Riverkeeper is deeply troubled by the inadequate response to the crisis and the absence of even the most basic protective measures such as silt fences to contain the nurdle contamination. The consequences of this negligence are dire, and they extend far beyond the immediate environmental impact.
As a concerned resident of the watershed, I am deeply troubled by the inadequate response to this crisis and the absence of even the most basic protective measures such as silt fences to contain the nurdle contamination. The consequences of this negligence are dire, and they extend far beyond the immediate environmental impact.
Nurdles, small plastic pellets used in the production of plastic products, pose a severe threat to aquatic life and our ecosystem as a whole. They not only absorb harmful pollutants but are also often mistaken for food by marine and bird species, leading to ingestion and potential harm to these animals by the plastic and by the toxics they’ve absorbed. Nurdles have no place in our waterways and lead to long-term contamination.
I urge you to take swift and comprehensive action to address this issue. Specifically, I request the following measures be taken:
I kindly request that you prioritize this matter and allocate the necessary resources and personnel to resolve it promptly. Our environment, our community, and future generations depend on your leadership and commitment to safeguarding our precious natural resources.
Thank you for your attention to this critical issue. I look forward to hearing about the steps you will take to address the nurdle spill, ensure actual oversight, and protect our watershed.
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