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Researchers Hail New Restoration Program Funds

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Science  06 Jul 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6090, pp. 22
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6090.22

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Last week, the U.S. Congress approved, and President Barack Obama is poised to sign, legislation that will set aside for restoration and science projects 80% of the water pollution fines that energy giant BP will pay for its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The fines are expected to total between $5 billion and $20 billion. The really hard part, researchers say, will be figuring out how best to use the windfall to repair vast wetlands and marine ecosystems battered by more than a century of abuse.