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Mabus: Cleanup plan to take months, not years

President Obama's point man overseeing the cleanup of the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico expects a plan to restore the coastal region economically and environmentally will take months rather than years.

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says there are already numerous studies that can be implemented quickly, and he said putting together a plan will begin even before the well spewing oil is capped.

He said, for instance, there are studies by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other groups to study the barrier island and hurricane protection that have been authorized by Congress by not funded.

"We don't have to redo a plan and we don't have come up with a new one," Mabus said. "We j ust have to see how fast we can them started."

Mabus was in Mississippi today to meet with Gov. Haley Barbour and municipal leaders. He arrives on the Coast to address the Mississippi Municipal League before touring the Coast.

He was in Louisiana earlier this week and has scheduled stops later in Alabama and Florida.

Mabus says the coastal community will generate the ideas for restoration and Washington will respond, rather than vice versa.

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