TASK FORCE CALLS FOR DELAY IN THREE OCS SALES

A federal task force has recommended that President Bush delay two controversial lease sales off California and one off Florida until concerns about environmental issues can be resolved. Bush was given the report in January. He later asked Minerals Management Service for more information and has yet to announce his decisions regarding the sales. The task force disbanded without making its report public, but Rep. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) released the 111 page document.

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