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BP begins continuously spraying chemical dispersants underwater at main Gulf oil leak site

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — A BP official is telling The Associated Press that the company has received federal approval to continuously spray chemicals underwater on the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.BP PLC spokesman Mark Proegler said the company received Environmental Protection Agency approval and began pumping dispersant on the site starting at 4:30 a.m. Monday. The company plans to continue spraying and taking tests.The dispersants had never been tried at such depths before this spill and officials have been worried about the effect on the environment.Officials with BP have been encouraged by the underwater spraying, saying it prevents some of the oil from reaching the surface.An EPA spokeswoman didn't immediately return a telephone call or e-mail.THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — Top hats and junk shots are on the list of possible next steps as BP, casting about after a 100-...

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