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Environment

Justice Dept part of BP probe: Attorney General Holder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is part of the ongoing investigation into the BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Monday, though a U.S. official said it was not a criminal probe.

“We are part of an ongoing monitoring (effort) and investigation along with our partners at DHS and other agencies that are involved,” Holder told reporters after a speech on efforts to combat human trafficking.

A Justice Department official said afterward that it was not a criminal probe at this stage.

Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky; editing by Jackie Frank

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