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Gov. Rick Scott’s Office Criticizing Settlement Reach With BP Oil

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A crane stands on the beach at dawn on the one-year anniversary of the BP oil spill on April 20, 2011 in Orange Beach, Alabama. Orange Beach on the Gulf Coast was impacted by oil in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion which killed eleven crew members. 206 million gallons of oil eventually spilled into the Gulf of Mexico until the BP well was finally sealed. April 20 marks the one-year anniversary of the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. (Photo Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A crane stands on the beach at dawn on the one-year anniversary of the BP oil spill on April 20, 2011 in Orange Beach, Alabama. Orange Beach on the Gulf Coast was impacted by oil in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion which killed eleven crew members. 206 million gallons of oil eventually spilled into the Gulf of Mexico until the BP well was finally sealed. April 20 marks the one-year anniversary of the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. (Photo Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office is sharply criticizing a settlement reached between the federal government and oil giant BP.

The company agreed Thursday to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay $4.5 billion because of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Melissa Sellers, a spokeswoman for the Republican governor, called the deal unacceptable because it does not direct any of the money to the state. Part of the deal calls for a national foundation to spend money on conservation projects in Florida.

Sellers said the agreement does not adequately compensate the state for spill impacts.

The position of Scott’s office contrasts with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. Nelson, a Democrat, applauded the settlement in a statement.

BP could still wind up paying civil penalties that could go to the state.

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