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BP finishes Alabama clean-up work

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Workers dig up sand contaminated by the BP oil spill (AP)

Workers dig up sand contaminated by the BP oil spill (AP)

Workers dig up sand contaminated by the BP oil spill (AP)

BP said it has finished with the bulk of its oil spill clean-up work on Alabama's coast.

BP said on Friday it has removed workers and machinery from its deep-cleaning operation on the US state's tourist beaches.

The company said it will continue monitoring beach conditions with workers who are patrolling the coastline. And it said locally based teams will remove any tar balls that continue washing in from the Gulf of Mexico.

But the company said it is done with a portion of the work that saw huge sand-sifting machines moving east and west along beaches as they dug down to remove buried oil.

Coastal leaders had pressed the company to complete the work before the start of tourist season.

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