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May 24, 2010 1:25 PM by Greg Boyce

Salazar says federal government is engaged in gulf clean-up

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano says federal officials are working to hold BP PLC responsible for cleaning up the growing Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Napolitano said Monday that she's heartsick about damage to Grand Isle, south of New Orleans, where thick oil has been washing up. She says the government will stay on BP until the cleanup gets done the right way.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says federal officials are not standing on the sidelines. He said thousands of people are working to stop the gushing oil and protect the coast line.  BP leased the rig and is responsible for the cleanup. Anger with the company and the government has grown as the monthlong oil spill creeps deeper into the Gulf Coast's wetlands.

Napolitano, Salazar, and other state and federal officials were viewing the damage from the air Monday.

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