Cosco Busan Clean-Up Costs To Exceed Federal Liability Limit

Clean-up costs for last month's oil spill in San Francisco Bay will exceed the $61 million federal liability limit, according to the head of the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen told a Senate subcommittee Tuesday that the fund would not be enough to cover
costs from the 58,000-gallon spill.

He said the Justice Department was looking into ways to waive the limit.

The liability cap would be lifted if gross negligence is found in the accident in which the cargo ship Cosco Busan sideswiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in heavy fog.

Allen said after the hearing that costs from the Nov. 7 incident are already approaching $61 million, but he couldn't give an exact number.

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