ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) - Tropical Storm Lee marks the first storm to hit Orange Beach since the massive BP oil spill.
After having a tough time getting BP to agree to the extra clean up work needed after Lee, Mayor Tony Kennon wants to focus on a long term clean up plan.
"They did a good job cleaning up. When we asked them to extend the hours, they did. But then there is push back when we ask them to go a little both further to make sure our beaches are not contaminated in other places. We don't think it is but, I want to be sure," said Kennon.
Mayor Kennon said when tar washes ashore, it is BP's responsibility to clean it up. He wants to know, however, what happens when and if a storm washes ashore debris covered in tar.
He said the problem is, BP refuses to let the city of Orange Beach clean any debris with tar on it. It's an issue residence in Orange Beach just don't understand.
"I think BP should either do the job or pay the city of Orange Beach, which the can a dang good job at it. Better than BP can ever dream of," said Orange Beach resident Darrell Finely.
"The deep clean process to clean the beach was our process, not BP's. We did a great job. Don't want want to sound like we are know-it-alls, but again we do think we do a goo job with beach cleaning but they refuse turn it over to us," Mayor Kennon said.
BP told FOX10 News it will not overlook anything a storm washes ashore. They say if it has tar on it, they will clean it up.
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