The federal on-scene coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill announced Wednesday the approval of a plan to determine when a section of the coast has been cleaned up and can be moved into the restoration phase.

On-scene coordinator Capt. Julia Hein with the U.S. Coast Guard, said in a press release that more than 90 percent of the shoreline impacted by the oil spill last year has been cleaned and is ready for restoration work.

“We still have ongoing cleanup in sensitive wildlife nesting habitat and archeological sites,” said Hein. “However, there are significant portions of our coastline that are ready to move into the next phase, so that the Gulf Coast can start restoration projects critical to help heal the region.”

More information about the Shoreline Cleanup Completion Plan can be found at