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CNN interviews local company on spill solution

SARASOTA — CNN interviewed Osprey Biotechnics officials Tuesday about the Sarasota company’s cleanup solution for the BP oil spill.

CNN business correspondent Al Veshi spoke to Victoria Finley, vice president of business development at Osprey, and Lauren Danielson, executive vice president, in a live interview Tuesday afternoon about a bacteria the company manufacturers called Munox.

Osprey says Munox is capable of cleaning the oil contaminated coastal water and sand because the bacteria would consume, digest and break down the oil into harmless substances such as water and minute amounts of carbon dioxide, company officials say.

“They talked about our formulation and the technology for remediation,” Finley said. “The real hope is that BP and the other responders and decision makers will finally call and investigate the opportunity to apply our product to the cleanup.”

An official at the governor’s office said the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is expected to contact Osprey Biotechnics to learn more about the company’s cleanup solution.

Sterling Ivey, press secretary for Gov. Charlie Crist, said FDEP Secretary Mike Sole plans to contact the Sarasota-based company after Crist called and spoke with an Osprey official last week.

“From this point, Secretary Mike Sole will be reaching out to gather more information before moving the suggestion/product forward to Unified Command for review and approval,” Ivey said.

Osprey submitted its product information to Unified Command within weeks after the April 20 oil spill.

Mark Proegler, a spokesman for Unified Command, said Tuesday that the agency does have Osprey’s submission but it has not yet been reviewed.

“We can confirm that the product is still in the evaluation stage,” Proegler said. “It hasn’t been reviewed yet to go onto stage 2.”

Meanwhile, CNN reported Tuesday that BP officials purchased 32 machines from actor Kevin Costner’s company. The machines separate oil from water and recycle the crude.