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Florida congressional delegation gets a Gulf spill briefing

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft told a worried Florida congressional delegation today that oil from the massive Gulf spill has entered the loop current -- pulling it on a collision course with Florida.

"What's changed today is that the oil is in the loop current,'' Zukunft, director of response policy, told Florida lawmakers who are worried about the spill's effect on the state's economy. He said the oil would take "seven to eight days to reach the Straits of Florida.'

He said the oil will most likely wash ashore as tar balls, and that although cleanup is "relatively simple, persistance is of a concern.''

Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, D-Daytona Beach, asked whether anything could be done to stop the loop current from spreading oil around the state and up the Atlantic Coast: "It would take an act of God," he replied.

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