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May 12, 2010 7:56 AM by Sharlee Jacobs

La. Senator Presses to Stop Dispersant Use

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state senator who represents several
coastal parishes is asking Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to file
a lawsuit to stop oil giant BP's use of a chemical dispersant to
thin the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Republican Sen. A.G. Crowe of Slidell released the letter
Tuesday. In it, he raises concerns about possible damage to people,
wildlife and fisheries by using the chemical.
Caldwell's office says the attorney general has received the
letter. It hasn't yet issued a response.
Governor Bobby Jindal also has worried about the risks tied to
the use of the chemical dispersant -- though he hasn't asked
Caldwell to try to stop it.
The state's health, environmental quality and wildlife and
fisheries secretaries have asked BP for more details on the health
risks and on BP's plans to track the chemical dispersant's effects
over time.

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