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Mississippi's Rep. Taylor happy with Navy's help in oil spill

BILOXI — U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss, was so worked up Friday about the oil spill that he wanted the U.S. Navy to take a lead role in cleaning it up, but he had changed his tone by the weekend's conclusion.

Taylor said he thinks British Petroleum and the federal government are working together to contain the spill. The former Coast Guard reservist is more confident because Adm. Thad W. Allen, a 30-plus year Coast Guard veteran only one month from retirement, is taking the lead federal role in the disaster.

Also, Taylor reported, the Navy has sent the top admiral from its Naval salvage operation in the Florida panhandle to work directly with BP responders. He said BP and the Navy are learning from one another about technology that can be used on deepwater spills.

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