ExxonMobil to report plastic pollution spills, shareholders say

ExxonMobil has agreed to start reporting plastic pellet spills from its polymer production plants under shareholder pressure to prevent ocean pollution, the shareholder group As You Sow said Wednesday.

Exxon's petrochemical division has several plants that produce plastic pellets, called nurdles, which are used to produce thousands of everyday plastic products. These tiny plastic pellets, which can be spilled during handling and transportation and swept into waterways, are estimated to be the second largest direct source of microplastic pollution to the ocean by weight.