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Kathy Castor to press BP for more Florida research $$

Tampa Rep. Kathy Castor says USF's confirmation that there is deepwater oil is of "grave concern to the tourism and fishing industries, which rely on clean beaches and clean water for their livelihoods."

She says she'll meet with BP Executive Vice President David Nagel and will "insist" that BP direct $100 million to Florida university researchers to study the ecological effects of the oil spill. BP already has pledged $500 million for academic research. she said, "and Florida’s universities and USF need resources to continue their data collection and analyses.