Baykeeper Sponsors State Bill to Provide Cleanup of Toxic Spills in the Bay
Baykeeper is sponsoring new state legislation that will require California agencies to respond to toxic spills in the Bay just like they do for oil spills—providing prevention, response, wildlife rescue, and cleanup measures.
The need for this legislation became clear in January, when hundreds of shorebirds and water birds were coated with a toxic sticky substance spilled along the East Bay shore. Because the spill was not petroleum, California agencies that clean up oil spills and rescue wildlife injured in oil spills could not be activated.
Baykeeper and other nonprofit organizations stepped in to rescue, clean, and care for the birds. Now, we're determined to make sure the Bay and its wildlife are better protected from toxic spills.
Learn more about the toxic spill in January, other recent oil spills, and the need for a better response from California agencies.
Photo by Cheryl Reynolds, International Bird Rescue.