November 10, 2008 6:08 PM

Probe sought of Bush handling of Alaska oil-spill case

The case is one in a pattern, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, in which the Bush administration imposed small penalties in major pollution and safety cases. The specific case involves a criminal probe of BP for a 2006 oil spill in Alaska. An EPA investigator wanted more time to develop toughter criminal charges, but the Justice Department turned him down and imposed a $20 million fine — far less than EPA employees recommended.

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