The Department of Justice should postpone a civil settlement with BP on charges related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill until the company reaches deals on other environmental fines with Gulf Coast states, said Sen. David Vitter, R-La. "If BP is allowed to settle the [Clean Water Act] penalties prior to [the Natural Resources Damages Assessment], the states may rush to use those long-awaited funds to commence the clean-up projects that BP has a responsibility under NRDA to restore," Vitter said in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

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