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Post Hurricane Season Inspections

NEW ORLEANS - The final approval for post-hurricane season shoreline inspections for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida were signed, Wednesday, by the federal on-scene coordinator for the Gulf Coast Incident Management Team.

Capt. Duke Walker approved the last of the inspections that are intended to identify areas that may have been impacted by oil as a result of storms passing through the Gulf of Mexico during the 2011 hurricane season.

"These post-hurricane season inspections are another layer of inspections for segments of shoreline that have either never been oiled or have already been declared clean and placed in a status where no further treatment was required," said Walker.

If any of the resurveyed shorelines fail to meet the established criteria for clean status, as set forth in the Shoreline Clean-up Completion Plan, they will be placed in a response status until clean-up criteria is met.

"The inspections will subject these shoreline areas, which were selected by their respective state on-scene coordinators and Federal Trustees, to additional rigorous inspection to ensure that they meet the clean-up criteria established by the SCCP." said Walker. "If oil is detected, and matches oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, BP's crews will clean it."

The Coast Guard, Gulf States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of the Interior and BP developed the SCCP collaboratively. The plan builds on previous response plans to ensure that any and all shorelines impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are clean.