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Amendment to restore Gulf likely to be taken up in Senate this week

Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives gave voice vote approval to an amendment that would dedicate the majority of fines collected from the Gulf oil spill toward restoration of the area's ecosystem and economy. The Senate version of that amendment is more specific, in that it would require that 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines from the 2010 BP oil spill go toward a new Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund. The Senate is expected to vote on its version of the amendment as soon as this week.