Coast Guard and Florida DEP responded to tarballs in Islamorada Tuesday

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ISLAMORADA, Fla. – The Coast Guard and Florida Department of Environmental Protection responded to a report of tarballs in Islamorada Tuesday.

Three Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Teams comprised of active duty Coast Guard pollution investigators, Coast Guard Auxiliary members from three flotillas in the upper keys, and members of Florida Department of Environmental Protection responded, verified the report, and immediately initiated cleanup operations using a pre-identified pollution response contractor under the provisions of the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

Contracted response personnel from Coffin Marine Service, Inc., removed approximately one barrel of oily debris from 300 yards of residential beaches. Additional shoreline assessment was conducted by the Coast Guard and partner agencies one mile to the north and south of the collection site and no additional debris was discovered.

Samples of the oil sent to the Marine Safety Lab in New London, Conn., for analysis were determined not to be related to Deepwater Horizon.

Residents in the Florida Keys are asked to report sightings of tarballs, oil or hazardous material pollution to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.

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