This story was updated at 10:30 a.m. on June 1.
MANHATTAN BEACH—All South Bay beaches between the El Segundo jetty down to the Redondo Beach-Torrance border were reopened to the public at 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
By then, crews had cleaned up the oil and tar balls that began washing ashore from 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, until noon the same day. Cleanup crews collected more than 40 cubic yards—or three garbage trucks’ full—of the substance.
The Unified Command—consisting of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Coast Guard, Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors and the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, among others—will continue to monitor and patrol the area.
The Coast Guard and California Department of Fish & Wildlife have collected samples and are investigating the cause, composition and source of the oily substance. No possible sources, including the Refugio oil spill and natural seepage, among others, have been excluded.
Members of the public who see anything out of the ordinary on the beaches should call the National Response Center hotline at 800-424-8802. The NRC is the sole federal point of contact for reporting pollution in the environment.
Anyone who comes across affected wildlife should contact the Oil Wildlife Care Network at 877-823-6926.