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May 25, 2010 12:00 AM

Pressure mounts for federal takeover of Gulf oil spill (with photo galleries)

WASHINGTON — BP chief executive Tony Hayward defended his company’s use of a chemical agent to disperse the oil leaking from a well deep under the Gulf of Mexico, despite an Environmental Protection Agency order for BP to stop using it. The company has applied more than 600,000 gallons of the chemical, called Corexit, since the oil spill began more than a month ago, and Hayward said its use would continue. The EPA last week ordered the company to switch to a less toxic dispersant by Sunday.

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