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  • Admin. Official Testifies at Hearing {Judge banning fire retardant)

    02/26/2008 9:29:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 190+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/26/8 | SUSAN GALLAGHER, Associated Press Writer
    Missoula, Mont. (AP) -- A Bush administration official apologized Tuesday to a federal judge in urging that he not hold the U.S. Forest Service's use of a fire retardant that environmentalists say kills fish and plants. Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey, who oversees the Forest Service, acknowledged the agency was slow in preparing environmental studies related to the effects of the chemical firefighting tool dropped from airplanes. "There is no way to put a positive face on the fact that we dropped the ball," Rey testified in court. "We're sorry." While Rey was contrite, U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy was...