SC: Environmental groups to sue company cited for plastic pellets on Sullivan’s Island

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Posted October 30, 2019

Several environmental groups announced Monday morning that they will file a lawsuit against the company which was cited when plastic pellets washed up on Sullivan’s Island this past summer.

Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of the Coastal Conservation League and the Charleston Waterkeeper sent a 60-day notice to Frontier Logistics, a legal requirement before the filing of a Clean Water Act enforcement case.

The groups claim the plastic pollution on the beach is an ongoing issue and not just a one-time occurrence such as what happened in July.

“We have evidence that leads us to believe Frontier’s plastic pellets continue to spill into our harbor,” Andrew Wunderley, the Charleston Waterkeeper, said. “We find pellets everywhere we look, from Capers Island to Waterfront Park downtown. And, at the sites we sample week after week, we continue to find consistently high numbers of pellets. Frontier must be held accountable for polluting our harbor, beaches, and waterways with its plastic pellets, especially when we have no state or local safeguards protecting our waterways from plastic pellet pollution.”