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MONTANA OIL SPILL: EPA Requesting Changes To Cleanup Plan

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking Exxon Mobil to make changes in its plan to clean up the Yellowstone River after an oil pipeline spill.

The EPA said the company provided insufficient information on oil recovery and containment and cleanup for impacted areas downstream and for the area around the spill site.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality deputy director Tom Livers said a revised work plan is due by July 17.

The U.S. EPA says more oil-fouled locations have been found along the Yellowstone River as floodwaters recede.

A total of 45 locations with oil had been found, an increase of 15 sites since Saturday.

EPA spokesman Steve Merritt says the number is likely to keep increasing as crews reach areas that previously were inaccessible because of flooding.

      
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