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Jun 30, 2010 12:55 PM by Melissa Canone

Coastal Region Economically And Environmentally Will Take Months Rather Than Years To Restore

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - President Obama's point man overseeing the
cleanup of the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico expects a
plan to restore the coastal region economically and environmentally
will take months rather than years.
U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says there are already numerous
studies that can be implemented quickly, and he said putting
together a plan will begin even before the well spewing oil is
capped.
Mabus was in Mississippi on Wednesday to meet with Gov. Haley
Barbour and municipal leaders. He was in Louisiana earlier this
week and has scheduled stops later in Alabama and Florida.
Mabus says the coastal community will generate the ideas for
restoration and Washington will respond, rather than vice versa.

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