Cosco Busan Oil Spill Cleanup Update

The Unified Command for the Cosco Busan Oil Spill announced today that 1048 people were participating in spill response.

The public is still urged to avoid areas and wildlife that are affected, as untrained people can cause further damage to the environment and stress on the wildlife. The public is also reminded that allowing your dogs to run on impacted beaches will create even greater stress for injured wildlife. Concerned citizens should call (415) 701-2311 to report any sightings of oiled wildlife. Please note this is a new number, and the number used previously is no longer in service.

Members of the public without proper training should not attempt to collect the oil, since it needs to be disposed of properly to prevent broader contamination and re-introduction to the environment. In addition, exposure to the oil can be hazardous for your health.

The most recent information about the clean-up is as follows:

-Seven miles of containment boom has been deployed to confine and collect oil in the water.
-12,271 gallons of oil has been collected.
-An additional estimated 4,060 gallons of oil has evaporated.
-81 vessels are working to remediate the spill.
-Three helicopters are surveying the area.

For a list of closed beaches, please go to www.uscgsanfrancisco.com. A list of beaches where the public can assist in cleanup efforts without hazardous material training, can also be found at www.uscgsanfrancisco.com. A coordinator will be on-site to provide direction to the volunteers. Any volunteer who finds oiled material must report it to the coordinator on site.

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