See smaller This June 3, 2010 file photo shows oil cleanup workers hired by BP wearing safety equipment, including rubber boots, gloves, overalls and kitty litter scoops as they pick up tar ball along the beach in Dauphin Island, Ala. Almost two months after an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, shortages of government-required protective gear and cleaning equipment are slowing work to remove the sticky mess and keep beaches along the coast safe and oil-free.

AP Photo/ Dave Martin

This June 3, 2010 file photo shows oil cleanup workers hired by BP wearing safety equipment, including rubber boots, gloves, overalls and kitty litter scoops as they pick up tar ball along the beach in Dauphin Island, Ala. Almost two months after an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, shortages of government-required protective gear and cleaning equipment are slowing work to remove the sticky mess and keep beaches along the coast safe and oil-free.

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