Bay Area: Bill would close gap to fund wildlife rescues after pollution spill

San Jose Mercury News

When 500 seabirds covered in a mystery goo turned up along the bay shoreline in January, there was no state coordinated response, leaving nonprofit groups to scramble to save what birds they could -- and foot the bill to rescue and care for the animals. California has a sophisticated plan to respond to petroleum oil spills, but none for other types of spills, said state Sen. Mark Leno, who is introducing a bill to fix that gap.