Politics & Government

May 24, 2010 7:14 PM

Pressure mounts for federal takeover of oil spill response

The unprecedented scope of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and widening criticism of BP's response to it is forcing federal officials to rethink the government's role, the commandant of the Coast Guard said Monday. BP chief executive Tony Hayward Monday defended his company's use of a chemical agent to disperse the oil, despite an Environmental Protection Agency order for BP to stop using it.

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