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Coast Guard now responsible for investigating any oil on beaches

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BP's Gulf oil spill cleanup is nearing the end. By mid-June, company officials say the National Response Center will be the point of contact for reporting all oil, chemical, radiological, biological and etiological discharges into the environment. That means the Coast Guard will be the first to investigate pollution, and find the responsible party.

If MC252 oil is specifically found, BP will then be responsible for cleanup.

"We will continue to respond and cleanup MC252 oil that can be removed without further damaging the environment creating the conditions for continued restoration work," said Capt. Duke Walker, FOSC for the Deepwater Horizon Response. "However, we've reached a point in some areas where the impact to the environmentally sensitive land outweighs the minimal amounts of oil being collected. Making the transition at this time will allow us to adjust to a smaller footprint for cleanup while being environmentally friendly."

If you see oil or pollution of any kind, you're urged to call the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.

"This is another important step towards meeting our goal of returning the shoreline to as close to pre-spill conditions as possible while managing the scale of the response to meet conditions on the ground," Walker said.

For more information on the National Response Center and the reporting process, visit www.nrc.uscg.mil.

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