New Orleans, La. – Salazar joined Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for a flyover of the spill that's hit marshland in southeast Louisiana and threatens the Gulf Coast all the way to Florida, Napolitano says the clean-up response should be stepped up. And she's wants an effective claims process for people suffering financial losses because of the spill. Federal law requires BP to pay all costs associated with the cleanup. BP spokesman Doug Suttles says stormy weather developing over the Gulf is keeping skimming vessels off the rough seas. The Environmental Protection Agency is now starting air quality tests to track what's blowing ashore.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.