Plastic pellet spills are continuing to rack up attention from environmental groups and politicians.
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin joined officials from Chicago's Shedd Aquarium and the Alliance for the Great Lakes to announce an introduction of the Plastic Pellet Free Waters Act, which would "require the U.S. [Environmental Protection Agency] to prohibit the discharge of plastic pellets and other pre-production plastic into waterways from facilities and sources that make, use, package or transport pellets."
In a news release, the Democrat said the act will be the first of many steps focused on plastic pollution in the Great Lakes and surrounding communities.
Durbin's office said 42 of 66 Great Lakes beaches surveyed in a study have pellet pollution.
The aquarium also has an ongoing initiative with Chicago restaurants, called Let's Shedd Plastic, to help them reduce the amount of single-use plastics in foodservice applications.