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Florida slow to use troops for oil cleanup



Two months after President Barack Obama authorized 2,500 National Guard troops in Florida to combat the oil disaster, only 100 are being used.

The lack of requests for the troops has frustrated the White House, which has come under withering criticism about its response to the crisis. Yet some counties in Florida that have not requested the assistance that the National Guard could provide.

"Everything is in place to put troops on the target," says Lt. Col. Ron Tittle, director of public affairs for the Florida National Guard. "If we get the mission we'll be there."

However, the Guard has not received many missions. Neither Escambia nor Okaloosa counties — among the most hard hit — have requested any troops. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:47am]


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