JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, and the Mississippi State Department of Health have lifted beach advisories for the three Mississippi Coastal counties issued due to the Deepwater Horizon incident.
The beaches have been open to use under the advisories, but after weeks of clean up activities and continuous assessments of the beaches, the Mississippi Beach Monitoring Task Force recommends replacing the advisories with an oil impact statement.
The oil impact statement acknowledges that beaches have been oiled but are now open, cautions beach goers that tar balls or tar mats may continue to be seen, and advises people that although these materials do not represent a significant human health risk, people should take some common sense precautions if tar balls are present.
The agencies recommend people to:
For more information contact:
Beginning next week, signs with this information will be posted at beach monitoring locations.
Maps of beach monitoring locations and the status of advisories are available by clicking HERE.
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