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US gives order for pipe company to finish oil spill cleanup

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The federal government has issued an order to ensure that Plains All American Pipeline finishes the cleanup of an oil spill along the California coast.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard issued the joint Clean Water Act order Wednesday for what the agencies call the largest coastal spill in California in the last 25 years.

They say the order is to ensure the cleanup of heavy crude on land, at the shoreline and in the ocean, to contain the oil and to prevent further contamination.

Representatives from the two agencies said at a news conference that such an order is common in spills and is not in response to any inaction by Plains All America.