Thursday, October 18, 2007

Schwarzenegger focuses on plastic that affects seabirds

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently signed AB 258, a bill that requires manufacturers to keep "nurdles" from spilling into waterways. Written by Assemblyman Paul Krekorian of Burbank, the bill deals with BB-sized plastic pellets used to make all plastic and often released during the making, packaging and transporting of plastics.

Seabirds often eat the pellets, which block the birds' intestines and make it difficult for them to absorb nutrients. Some birds die of starvation as a result.

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