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WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - State officials have closed the beach and parts of Beach Boulevard in Waveland due to huge amounts of tar balls washing up on the shore and on the road.
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has closed the beach from Nicholson Avenue to the Silver Slipper Casino at Bayou Caddy.
MDEQ Director Trudy Fisher told WLOX News, "There's more coverage than we've seen anywhere. You can't walk anywhere on the beach without walking on it, stepping on it."
Fisher said the water is up to the seawall, bringing much more of the oily material to shore.
Hancock County Emergency Management Public Information Officer Jerry Beaugez told WLOX Beach Boulevard in Hancock County, from Sears Avenue to Lakeshore Road is also closed because of road construction and because tar balls are washing over the roadbed.
The sections from Sears Avenue to Nicholson Avenue and from Lakeshore Road to the Silver Slipper are open.
The sand beach from Nicholson Avenue to the Silver Slipper is closed.
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors and the Emergency Management Director agreed the beach must be closed.
People will not be allowed on the beach in the closed area. Fisher says it will take at least two days to clean up the beach.
WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - For the first time since oil began spewing from the sea floor, parts of Hancock County beaches are closed. The beach from Nicholson Avenue passed Lake Shore Road up to the Silver Slipper Casino has been closed to visitors, as well as a portion of Beach Boulevard, as thousands of tar balls continue to wash ashore.
Shoes, water bottles, the beach and parts of the road are covered in brown sludge.
"My theory of it, it looks like a melted tootsie roll," Hancock County Emergency Operations Director Brian Adam said. "I mean, you feel it, you rub it and if you don't use a glove, that stuff is going to be sticking to the glove."
Adam said because the gooey mess has reached parts of Beach Boulevard, officials have temporarily deemed it hazardous for the public.
"We do have a portion of the road closed due to safety issues and safety concerns from Sears Avenue to Lake Shore Road," Adam said.
Along the closed off portion, you'll find everything from tar ball to tar patties, even oily boom.
"On a ordinary day, boom will hold. But let's face it, we had a low pressure system come in. It's been bringing 15 to 20 mile an hour winds or better at times so, it's not going to hold."
Adams said with the entire residue from the oil in the Gulf it became necessary to close the beach to visitors.
"I want to urge everybody to please, please stay off the beaches. This stuff is real nasty, as you can see it sticks. So, the best thing to do is stay off the beach."
According to Adam, in three to five days the beach will be clear of tar balls, that is if no more wash ashore.
"We're going to continue to patrol the beach. The clean up crews will have day and night operations and MDEQ will continue to be out here."
As of now, there are no plans to close any other parts of the beach. Adam said they have found a few oiled birds in recent days.
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Originally posted by SWCCFAN
UPS, FedEX, and USPS require MSDS to ship the samples. I have the MSDS for CRUDE oil and the 2 kinds of COREXIT but not one for the mixtures of the 2 plus salt water and rain water.