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Gulf crews preparing to start "Static Kill" Monday

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Engineers hope to begin the process of killing the Gulf gusher for good as soon as Monday by giving the experimental cap a little help blocking the oil flow.

Engineers are preparing to launch a so-called static kill, shoving mud and perhaps cement into the blown-out well to make it easier to permanently finish the job.

BP engineers still plan to follow it up days later by sending a stream of mud and cement into the bottom of the mile-deep underground reservoir through a relief well they've been digging for months.

On Sunday, BP and the government's oil spill point man took issue with congressional investigators who say the use of dispersants in the Gulf ignored EPA limits.

BP says it's worked closely with the officials on the matter.

And retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says the guidelines were not ignored.

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