Oct 052015
 
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"Prepared remarks: Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks at Press Conference Announcing Settlement with BP to Resolve Civil Claims Over Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

>> GOOD MORNING. THIS IS YOUR TWO-MINUTE WARNING. WE HAVE SEVERAL SPEAKERS. ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH WILL BEGIN. SHE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, FOLLOWED BY THE SECRETARY KEEP -- SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, TONSIL SET, FOLLOWED BY THE EPA ADMINISTRATOR GINA MCCARTHY, FOLLOWED BY THE INTERIOR DEPUTY SECRETARY AND LASTLY BY ADMIRAL ZUKUNFT FROM THE U.S. COAST GUARD. WE WILL GET STARTED IN TWO MINUTES. THANK YOU.

ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH: WELL, GOOD MORNING, ALL. THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE. I AM HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE I AM JOINED HERE BY SECRETARY PENNY PRITZKER FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CONGRESS -- COMMERCE, SECRETARY TOM BILL FACT, ADMINISTRATOR GINA MCCARTHY, DEPUTY SECRETARY MIKE O'CONNOR FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, COMMON DENT PAULSON GOOFED -- COMMANDANT PAUL ZUKUNFT. QUITE A TEAM BECAUSE WE HAVE QUITE AN ANNOUNCEMENT. WE ARE HERE TO ANNOUNCE A MAJOR STEP FORWARD IN OUR EFFORT TO DELIVER JUSTICE TO THE GULF REGION.  FIVE-AND-A-HALF YEARS AGO THE WORLD WATCHED AS THE DEEPWATER HORIZON EXPLODED. DEEP UNDER THE SURFACE, IT WAS RELEASING -- IT WAS GUSHING INTO THE GULF. STAINING MORE THAN 1,300 MILES OF COASTLINE. WITH THAT EXPLOSION, LIVES WERE LOST. THE GULF WAS FLOODED WITH OIL AND THE GULF COAST WAY OF LIFE, A UNIQUELY AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE, WAS HANGING BY A THREAD. OVER NEARLY THREE MONTHS, THE GULF REGION WAS INUNDATED WITH NEARLY 3 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL, AND BY THE TIME THE TORT STOPPED, IT HAD -- THE TORRENT HAD STOPPED, IT HAD INFLICTED UNPRECEDENTED DAMAGE. ECOSYSTEMS WERE DISRUPTED. BUSINESSES WERE SHUTTERED. COUNTLESS MEN AND WOMEN LOST THEIR LIVELIHOODS AND THEIR SENSE OF SECURITY. THAT IS WHY IN DECEMBER OF 2010, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST BP TO HOLD THE COMPANY RESPONSIBLE AND PROVIDE VITAL RELIEF FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE GULF REGION. AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE DID. AT TRIAL, WE PROVED THAT THE SPILL WAS THE RESULT OF BP'S GROSS NEGLIGENCE. ENSURING THAT IT TRANSLATED TO REAL RELIEF FOR THE PEOPLE, THE BUSINESSES, AND THE FISH AND WILDLIFE WAS THE ESSENTIAL STEP. WE HAVE SECURED AN HISTORIC RESOLUTION OF OUR PENDING CLAIMS AGAINST BP, TOTALING MORE THAN $20 BILLION, MAKING IT THE LARGEST SETTLEMENT AGAINST ANY ENTITY IN AMERICAN HISTORY. IT INCLUDES FINES FOR VIOLATING THE CLEAN WATER ACT, THE LARGEST CIVIL PENALTY IN THE HISTORY OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. IT INCLUDES DAMAGES CLAIMS UNDER THE OIL POLLUTION ACT, WHERE BP HAS AGREED TO PAY 7.1 BILLION DOLLARS. IT ALSO INCLUDES DAMAGES CLAIMS FOR WHICH BP HAS AGREED TO PAY $4.9 BILLION TO THE FIVE GULF STATES AND UP TO $1 BILLION TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. ONCE APPROVED BY THE COURT, THIS AGREEMENT WILL LAUNCH ONE OF THE LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION EFFORTS THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN. UNDER THE RESTORE ACT, 85% OF THE CARL BARBIER -- CLEAN WATER ACT PENALTY WILL GO TO CLEAN UP THE DAMAGES THE GULF REGION HAS SUFFERED. IN ADDITION, IT WILL FUND GULF RESTORATION PROJECTS THAT WILL REVITALIZE DAMAGED HABITATS SUCH AS COASTAL WETLANDS AND SUPPORT THE REVIVAL OF MARINE MAMMALS, SEA TURTLES, OYSTERS, AND BIRDS. THIS WORK WILL BE DOTTED BY A COMPREHENSIVE RESTORATION PLAN WE ARE ALSO ANNOUNCING TODAY, DEVELOPED BY A TRUSTEE COUNCIL MADE UP OF 4 FEDERAL AGENCIES, ALL HERE TODAY, AND TRUSTEES FROM ALL FIVE GULF STATES. TAKEN AS A WHOLE, THIS RESTORATION IS STRONG AND FITTING. BP IS RECEIVING THE PUNISHMENT IT DESERVES, WHILE ALSO PROVIDING CRITICAL COMPENSATION TO THE DAMAGE TO THE GULF REGION. THIS SHOULD PROMPT BP AND ITS PEERS TO TAKE EVERY STEP TO MAKE SURE NOTHING LIKE THIS CAN EVER HAPPEN AGAIN AND THE RESOLUTION'S FOCUS ON RESTORING THE VITALITY OF THE AFFECTED AREAS WILL PROVIDE SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES TO THE REGION'S ONGOING RECOVERY AND WILL HELP ENSURE GULF COMMUNITIES EMERGE FROM THIS DISASTER STRONGER AND MORE RESILIENT THAN EVER BEFORE. I AM TREMENDOUSLY PROUD THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS HELPED LEAD THE WAY FROM TRAGEDY TO OPPORTUNITY AND I'M EXCEEDINGLY THANKFUL FOR THE MANY PARTNERSHIPS THAT WERE CRUCIAL FOR ACHIEVING THIS RESULT AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT THE RESOLUTION WE HAVE ANNOUNCED TODAY WILL RESTORE, PROTECT, AND PRESERVE THE PRECIOUS GULF ENVIRONMENT FOR MANY GENERATIONS TO COME. OBVIOUSLY, TODAY'S EXTRAORDINARY RESOLUTION WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE TIRELESS EFFORTS OF THE DEEPWATER HORIZON TRIAL TEAM, WHICH IS COMPRISED OF REMARKABLE MEN AND WOMEN FROM THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES DIVISION AND OUR CIVIL DIVISION. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE AND THANK OUR OUTSTANDING PARTNERS AT THE EPA, AT THE DEPARTMENTS OF COMMERCE, AGRICULTURE, INTERIOR, AND HOMELAND SECURITY, AND IN STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THROUGHOUT THE GULF REGION. FINALLY I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE MY PREDECESSOR, ERIC HOLDER, WHO LAUNCHED THIS CASE FIVE YEARS AGO AND FAITHFULLY SUPERVISED IT FOR THE REMAINDER OF HIS TENURE AS ATTORNEY GENERAL. AT THIS TIME, IT IS MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, PENNY PRITZKER, WHO WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT.

SECRETARY PRITZKER: THANK YOU, ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH, FOR WELCOMING US ALL TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN THIS REMARKABLE SETTLEMENT. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FROM ACROSS THE CABINET AND ALL OF OUR TEAMS WHO HAVE SPENT FIVE YEARS AND THOUSANDS OF HOURS WORKING WITH STATE PARTNERS IN THIS AREA -- IN THIS EFFORT. TODAY MARKS AN HISTORIC MILESTONE FOR THE PEOPLE, BUSINESSES, AND ENVIRONMENT OF THE GULF REGION. FIVE YEARS AFTER THE DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL SPILL, THE SETTLEMENT REAFFIRMS OUR ADMINISTRATION'S CLEAR, ONGOING, AND UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO SECURING JUSTICE FOR THE GULF COMMUNITIES. TO SPURRING ECONOMIC GROWTH ACROSS GULF STATES, AND TO ENSURING THE GULF COAST COMES BACK STRONGER AND MORE VIBRANT THAN EVER. HOME TO AMPLE ENERGY RESOURCES AND 10 OF AMERICA'S 15 LARGEST PORTS, THE GULF COAST IS CRITICAL TO THE PROSPERITY OF OUR ENTIRE NATION. FROM THE START, THE DEPARTMENT OF CONGRESS -- THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE HAS PLAYED A CENTRAL ROLE IN EFFORTS TO RESTORE THE REGION'S ECOSYSTEM AND REVITALIZE ITS ECONOMY. WITH OUR PARTNERS, WE ESTABLISHED THE RESTORE COUNCIL, WHICH I CHAIR. THIS AGENCY HAS MADE $183 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS, SUCH AS SKILLS TRAINING FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES, IMPROVEMENTS IN WATER QUALITY AND HABITAT RESTORATION FOR FISH, BIRDS, AND WILDLIFE. FOR OUR DEPARTMENT'S NATIONAL OCEANIC ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION WE WORKED WITH STATE AND FEDERAL PARTNERS. WE HAVE WORKED TO INVEST OVER $800 MILLION OF BP EARLY RESTORATION FUNDS IN THE GULF'S NATURAL RESOURCES. TO OUR ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENTAL ADMINISTRATION, TEAMS WERE ON THE GROUNDS IN THE GULF STATES TO LEARN FIRSTHAND WHAT THE GULF COMMUNITIES NEEDED TO REVIVE THEIR ECONOMIES AND DRAW INVESTMENTS TO THEIR MARKETS. THAT INFORMATION GUIDED THE INVESTMENT OF OVER FOUR HUNDRED $66 MILLION IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIPS AND ASSISTANT FOR ENTREPRENEURS IN HIGH WAGE, HIGH GROWTH INDUSTRIES ACROSS THE REGION. THESE ARE ONLY SOME OF THE STEPS WE HAVE TAKEN, IN CLOSE COOPERATION WITH LOCAL STATE -- LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL PARTNERS TO REINVIGORATE THE GULF. WE KNOW THERE IS STILL FAR MORE TO DO, AND WITH THIS SETTLEMENT OF MORE THAN $20 BILLION, OUR WORK CONTINUES. NOW WE CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH MORE EFFECTIVE RESTORATION PLANNING, LARGE SCALE PROJECTS, AND SMART INVESTMENTS IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESILIENCE. TODAY, AS PART OF THIS SETTLEMENT, LEADERS FROM COMMERCE, FROM THE AGENCIES REPRESENTED HERE, AND THE FIVE STATES OF THE GULF REGION ARE PROPOSING A NATIONAL -- A NATURAL RESOURCES RESTORATION PLAN. THIS PROPOSAL IS ROOTED IN THE BEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE AND HARD DATA. INFORMATION NEEDED TO ASSESS THE DAMAGE FROM THE OIL SPILL, DETERMINE THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION, AND MAKE SMART FUNDING DECISIONS THROUGHOUT THE GULF. OUR PLAN WILL MAKE 8.1 BILLION DOLLARS OF INVESTMENTS ACROSS THE GULF COAST, AND IN THE OPEN OCEAN, TO RESTORE COASTAL AND NEARSHORE HABITATS, IMPROVE WATER QUALITY IN COASTAL WETLANDS, PROTECT AND RECOVER MARINE RESOURCES, AND ENHANCE RECREATIONAL USE OPPORTUNITIES. TOGETHER, THESE INITIATIVES WILL HOLD ON OUR EFFORTS OF THE LAST FIVE YEARS TO MOVE GULF COMMUNITIES FROM RECOVERY TO RESTORATION TWO RESURGENCE. -- TO RESEARCHERS. THIS UNPRECEDENTED SETTLEMENT OFFERS AN UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITY. IN OPPORTUNITY TO SET A COURSE FOR ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY FOR THE GULF COAST NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE. IN OPPORTUNITY TO ENSURE THE HEALTH AND PROSPERITY OF THE GULF REGION OVER THE LONG-TERM. AN OPPORTUNITY TO RESTORE THE ENVIRONMENT, REINVIGORATE THE ECONOMY, CREATE JOBS IN LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, TEXAS, FLORIDA, AND ALABAMA. IN ALL OF THE COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY THE DISASTER. SEIZING THIS OPPORTUNITY WILL REQUIRE COORDINATION, PARTNERSHIP, AN INNOVATION ACROSS ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT, THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND WORK IN THE GULF. LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP THE GULF COAST GROWING, THRIVING, AND OPEN FOR BUSINESS. AND NOW I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE OUR SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, SECRETARY BILL SECOND -- SECRETARY VILSAC K.

SECRETARY VILSACK: I WANT TO THANK ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH AND HER FABULOUS TEAM FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE THIS MORNING. YOU MAY BE WONDERING WHY IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO BE REPRESENTED HERE. THE REALITY IS, 45% OF THE LAND OF ACTED BY THE GULF WILL SPILL -- OIL SPILL IS PRIVATELY OWNED. IT IS PLACES WHERE WE, THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, PARTNERED WITH PRODUCERS TO MAKE SURE THEIR LAND CONTINUE TO BE PRODUCTIVE. THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WORKED VERY HARD TO RESTORE HABITAT. THERE WAS A SITUATION WITH WILDLIFE PARTICULARLY, DUCKS, GEESE. WE HELPED ESTABLISH AN AREA THAT LED TO TENS OF MILLIONS OF BIRDS BEING ABLE TO LIVE AND PROVIDING RECREATION THAT IS SO VITAL TO THE GULF COAST AREA. THIS IS OBVIOUSLY NOT EASY LITIGATION. AND I THINK THE LEVEL OF THE SETTLEMENT REFLECTS THE IMPORTANCE THAT HER TEAM HAS PLACED ON THIS NATIONAL TREASURE. PENNY PRITZKER AND THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE IS GOING TO PROVIDE RATE LEADERSHIP, AND I'M HERE SIMPLY TO INDICATE THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND THE NATIONAL CONSERVATION SERVICE AND THE FOREST SERVICE ARE PREPARED WITH SEVERAL HUNDRED PEOPLE IN EVERY SIGNAL COUNTY AFFECTED BY THIS TO WORK IN COLLABORATION TO RENEW, REFRESH, REVITALIZE THE GULF COAST. IT IS A NATIONAL TREASURE FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT SETTLEMENT AND WE HAVE IMPORTANT WORK TO DO. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THE GULF COAST EVEN BETTER THAN IT WAS PRIOR TO THE SPILL. BUT WITHOUT THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WE WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY, AND WITHOUT THE LEADERSHIP OF PENNY PRITZKER AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, WE WOULD NOT BE WHERE WE ARE TODAY. SOMEONE WILL HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF RESPONSIBILITY WITH CONNECTION OF THE RECOVERY EFFORTS, THE DEPARTMENT LED BY SOMEONE WHO IS TENACIOUS, WHO HAS DONE AN INCREDIBLE JOB AS ADMINISTRATOR, MY GOOD FRIEND, GINA MCCARTHY.

ADMINISTRATOR MCCARTHY: THANK YOU, MR. SECRETARY. LET ME BEGIN BY THANKING ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH, AND DOJ'S ONGOING LEADERSHIP, INCLUDING JOHN CRUDEN, WHO HAS BEEN AN OUTSTANDING LEADER. I AM ALSO GRATEFUL TO HAVE SUCH HARD-WORKING COLLEAGUES ACROSS DEPARTMENTS AND COLLEAGUES WHO ARE REPRESENTED HERE TODAY. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP OF LISA JACKSON DURING THIS EVENT. AS SHE WILL KNOWS AND ALL OF US REMEMBER, THE BP OIL SPILL WAS A TREMENDOUS TRAGEDY, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. ALONG WITH THE DEVASTATING TOLL ON HUMAN LIFE, THE SPILL PUT THE GULF COAST COMMUNITIES IN A TIME OF PAINFUL UNCERTAINTY. FORCING QUESTIONS NO AMERICAN FAMILY SHOULD HAVE TO ASK -- IS MY FOOD SAFETY IT? SHOULD MY KIDS PLAYING YOUR THE SHORE? IS THE AIR STILL CLEAN DEBRIS OF? WILL MY BUSINESSES EVER RECOVER? TODAY IS A DAY OF JUSTICE FOR EVERY FAMILY AND COMMUNITY WHOSE HELP, LAND, WATER, AND LIVELIHOODS WERE THREATENED BY THE BP OIL SPILL. NO AMOUNT OF MONEY CAN ERASE THE FEAR AND LOSS THEY ENDURED, BUT IT CAN HELP THEM RECOVER AND REBUILD. JUSTICE IS NOT ABOUT DUMPING A PILE OF MONEY AND WALKING AWAY. IT IS ABOUT INVESTING IN SUSTAINABLE WAYS THAT EMPOWER AND STRENGTHEN THE GULF COMMUNITIES OVER THE LONG TERM. THAT IS WHY WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED OVER THE NEXT 15 YEARS, WE ARE RELEASING A 15-YEAR GULF RESTORATION PLAN. THIS PLAN WILL HELP MAKE SURE THAT SETTLEMENT FUNDS ARE DEPLOYED IN WAYS THAT MAKE A LASTING DIFFERENCE. JUSTICE IS ABOUT MAKING THE NECESSARY CHANGES TO PREVENT A DISASTER LIKE THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN. YOU WILL RECALL AFTER THE SPILL, BP WAS BARRED FROM DOING BUSINESS WITH THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. IN REACHING AN AGREEMENT TO LIFT THE SUSPENSION, BP VIGOROUSLY PURSUED AND MET A SET OF REQUIREMENTS EP MUST NOW -- BP MUST NOW FOLLOW TO MAKE SURE THEY DO NOT REPEAT THE DISASTER. THIS WILL INCLUDE TRANSPARENCY MEASURES THAT WILL KEEP BP OPENLY ACCOUNTABLE TO THESE APPLICATIONS AND MAKE SURE EVERYONE KNOWS TAKING THE REQUIRED STEPS TO DO BETTER IN THE FUTURE ARE ACTUALLY HAPPENING AND ON TIME. TOO CLOSE, TODAY IS A SOBER TRIUMPH FOR THE CLEAN WATER ACT AND THE OIL POLLUTION ACT. THEY ARE CORNERSTONES OF THE EPA'S WORK. THESE LAWS ALLOW THE EPA TO PURSUE OUR MISSION OF PROTECTING PEOPLE'S HELP AND THE ENVIRONMENT -- PEOPLE'S HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT. THIS CONSENT DECREE IS A DEMONSTRATION OF OUR NATIONS IN OUR MENTAL LAWS HARD AT WORK ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TODAY THEY ARE BRINGING JUSTICE TO THE GULF. LET ME TURN NOW AND ASK MIKE CONNOR -- MIKE O'CONNOR TO OFFER SOME REMARKS.

SECRETARY O'CONNOR: THANK YOU. GOOD MORNING. THANK YOU, MADAM ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND THE WORK OF YOUR TEAM, WORKING WITH ALL OF THE FEDERAL AGENCIES TO BRING TOGETHER THIS HISTORIC EVENT. THIS HISTORIC CONSENT DECREE. I AM PLEASED TO REPRESENT THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT. NOT ONLY IS IT A TREMENDOUS VICTORY FOR THE GULF. IT IS A TREMENDOUS VICTORY FOR THE RESTORATION OF THE NATION'S PRECIOUS LAND, WATER, AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES. AS YOU HAVE HEARD, THE DEEPWATER HORIZON SPILL WAS THE LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY. IT CLAIMED THE LIVES OF 11 MEN. ALSO SOILED MORE THAN 33 MILES OF THE GULF REGION AND DAMAGED MORE THAN 1300 MILES OF COASTLINE BETWEEN TEXAS AND FLORIDA. TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT REPRESENTS GREAT PROGRESS AS WE MOVE TOWARD RESTORATION AND REMEDIATION EFFORTS IN THE GULF, BUT IT'S EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT HISTORY DOES NOT REPEAT ITSELF. WE LOST CONFERENCE OF -- WE'VE LAUNCHED COME PRAISE OF REFORMS. DOI RESTRUCTURED ITS REGULATORY APPROACH TO INCIDENTS LIKE THIS TO ENSURE THE UNITED STATES CAN SAFELY AND RESPONSIBLY DEVELOP ITS OIL AND GAS RESOURCES OFFSHORE. NOW WE HAVE TWO INDEPENDENT REGULATORY AGENCIES. BOTH HAVE CLEAR MISSIONS AND ARE BETTER RESOURCED THAN THEIR INSTITUTIONAL PREDECESSOR. IT IS STEEPED IN A CULTURE OF SAFETY AND ENSURING THE HIGHEST TECHNOLOGICAL STANDARDS FOR THE AGENCY. THEY ARE ENSURING THAT THERE ARE ROBUST ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS BASED ON THE BEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE. IN SHORT, WE ARE ENHANCING DRILLING AND WORKER SAFETY IN THE GULF REGION. WE REMAIN EMITTED TO CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT AND WILL CONTINUE TO ENGAGE THE INDUSTRY AND ALL STAKEHOLDERS TO CONTINUE TO ENSURE SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE OPERATIONS OFFSHORE. WE ARE CONTINUING AND MAKING A GOOD VALUE OF THE INVESTMENTS THAT ARE BEING MADE AS A RESULT OF TODAY'S CONSENT DECREE. AS YOU HAVE HEARD, THE DEEPWATER HORIZON DAMAGE FILED THE DRAFT PLAN AND THE DRAFT DIS. COMMENTS ARE BEING TAKEN THROUGH DECEMBER 4. THE PLAN PROVIDES A FRAMEWORK FOR ALL THE TRUSTEES WILL USE THE EIGHT $.1 BILLION -- $8.1 BILLION MADE AVAILABLE. IN ADDITION I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THE GULF COAST RESTORATION COUNCIL, RESTORE COUNCIL, PUBLISHED A BRIEF A WEEK AGO WHICH ESTABLISHED A FORMULA FOR ALLOCATING RESOURCES ACCORDING TO REPRESENTING THE SPOILED SHORELINE THAT OCCURRED DURING THE TRAGEDY. THAT WILL ALLOCATE THE $5.5 BILLION THAT WILL GO TO BE INVESTED UNDER THE RESTORE PROGRAM. THESE ACTIONS REPRESENT A CRITICAL MOVE FORWARD. AS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND OTHERS HAVE NOTED, NOTHING CAN UNDO THE DISLOCATION, ANXIETY, AND UNCERTAINTY FOR FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES ACROSS THE GULF REGION. THE SETTLEMENT ACCOMPLISHED EXACTLY WHAT ENVIRONMENT THE LAWS ARE SUPPOSED TO DO. THE INTERIOR LOOKS FORWARD TO THE RESTORATION EFFORTS GOING FORWARD. WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO TURN IT OVER TO ADMIRAL ZUKUNFT FROM THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD.

ADMIRAL ZUKUNFT: ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH, AND I REALLY WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY HERE WHO REPRESENTS ALL OF GOVERNMENT. FIVE AND A HALF YEARS AGO, I WAS THERE. AND THIS IS BEFORE AND THIS IS AFTER, BUT THIS IS IMPLEMENTED OF WHAT THE WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT CAN DO, THE WHOLE OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IF I LOOK BACK TO THE TIME I WAS WORKING, THEY HAD ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER. THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, KEN SALAZAR, JANET NAPOLITANO, OTHERS. THEY ARE NOT WITH US TODAY, BUT THEIR WORK AND THEIR VISION HAVE REALLY MADE THIS HISTORIC DAY POSSIBLE. I WILL JUST TAKE YOU BACK FIVE AND A HALF YEARS AGO. AS THE FEDERAL ON SCENE COORDINATOR FOR WHAT WAS THEN THE WORST ENVIRONMENTAL TRAGEDY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY, I JUST WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU FROM THE EYES OF THE NEARLY 45,000 RESPONDERS THAT ANSWERED TO THIS BILL -- MANY OF THEM LIVED IN THESE COMMUNITIES. MANY OF THEM WORKED IN THE OFFSHORE OIL INDUSTRY. MANY OF THEM WERE FISHERMEN. MANY RELIED ON TOURISM. AND THEY SAW THEIR WAY OF LIFE BEING ERODED AND PERHAPS THE CHANGED. AND I TRIED TO ASSURE THEM DURING THAT TIME THAT, YES, WE WILL EMERGE FROM THIS TRAGEDY BETTER THAN WE FOUND IT, AND THAT WAS OUR JOB DURING THIS RESPONSE, TO RETURN THE GULF BETTER THAN WE HAD FOUND IT. IT WAS 25 YEARS SINCE I HAD BEEN IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. I WAS A COMMERCIAL FISHERMAN WHEN I WAS A LIEUTENANT IN THE COAST GUARD. I WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH A LABYRINTH OF WETLANDS TO GET OUT INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO. I LOOKED OUT ON THE BAY, THERE WAS THE GULF OF MEXICO AND THERE WERE THOSE WETLANDS. AS WE LOOK AT HOW PRISTINE THIS ENVIRONMENT IS AND HOW VITAL IT IS TO THIS ECOSYSTEM, CLEARLY THIS WAS NOT A PROBLEM THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD COULD SERVE ON ITS OWN. OUR MEMBERS LIVE IN THESE COMMUNITIES. WE CONTINUE TO RESPOND AND RELATED TO THIS OIL SPILL AS I STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY, BUT TODAY IS INDEED A MILESTONE DAY. WE HAVE TURNED THE CORNER. NOT ONLY TURNED THE CORNER, BUT THERE IS A RESTORATION PLAN IN PLACE. I KNOW WHAT IT TAKES WITH ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDIES TO GET THIS CRITICAL WORK DONE AND GET IT DONE IN A TIMELY MANNER AND THIS IS NOTHING LESS A HERCULEAN EFFORT ACROSS THE WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT TO MAKE THIS LOSS OF ALL, BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT IS COMMUNITIES WHO ON THE GULF COAST TO FIVE AND A HALF YEARS AGO SAID OUR WAY OF LIFE HAS CHANGED AND THEY WAKE UP AND SAY, YES, OUR WAY OF LIFE HAS CHANGED -- FOR THE BETTER. I THINK YOU AND I THINK ALL OF THE TEAM MEMBERS. WHO MADE THIS DAY POSSIBLE. THANK YOU.

ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH: ALL RIGHT, QUESTIONS TODAY?

REPORTER: ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE COMPANY HAS LONG VALUE DISTILLATE $18.7 BILLION. CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE DISCREPANCY IN THE EVALUATION?

ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH: THE COMPANY DID RESERVE $18 BILLION EARLIER THIS YEAR. OVER TIME WE HAVE REFINED THOSE NUMBERS. WE ALSO ADDED IN AMOUNTS OF MONEY THE COMPANY PROVIDED FOR RESTORATION TO THE GULF. THIS IS WHY YOU SEE THIS. IT WAS SIMPLY OVER TIME. THIS IS A MORE EXACT NUMBER.

REPORTER: LOCALITIES THAT WERE HOLDING OUT AND HOPING FOR THE PROSPECT OF MORE MONEY, ARE THERE ANY REMAINING HOLDOUTS , PARISHES IN THE LOUISIANA, THAT ARE NOT COVERED, OR IS EVERY SINGLE JURISDICTION COVERED NOW?

ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH: I BELIEVE THE FIVE GULF STATES ARE ANNOUNCING THEIR OWN RESOLUTIONS, WHICH WE ARE COVERING IN THIS ALSO. I HAVE TO DEFER TO YOUR SPECIFIC ANNOUNCEMENTS. THERE CERTAINLY MAY BE SOME. WE DO NOT HAVE THE PARTICULARS ON THAT. WE CERTAINLY HOPE THEY CAN FIND RESOLUTION.

REPORTER: IF I'M DOING MY MATH RIGHT, THIS COMES TO $155 PER BARREL SPILLED. WHAT WAS THE MAXIMUM YOU COULD HAVE SOUGHT?

ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH: WELL, THANKS FOR THE MATH. [LAUGHTER] THE MAXIMUM PENALTY WOULD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE OVER $13 BILLION. THAT WOULD HAD TO HAVE BEEN FOUND BY THE COURT, UPHELD ON APPEAL, AND IT WOULD HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY NOT ACCOUNTED FOR THE DELAYS IN GETTING RECOVERY TO THE GULF. THIS IS STILL THE LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL PENALTY UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT AND OIL POLLUTION ACT EVER. IT IS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN THE PENALTIES EXHAUSTED -- EXACTED FOR THE EXXON VALDEZ DISASTER, WHICH PEOPLE OFTEN COMPARE THIS TO. WE FEEL THAT THIS WILL, WITH THE COOPERATION OF THE AGENCIES HERE AND THE GULF STATES, LEAD TO REAL RELIEF FOR THE PEOPLE AND CITIZENS OF THE GULF. THE EPA HAS INDICATED THEY HAVE UPDATED NUMBERS WHICH MAY BE HELPFUL TO YOU. LET ME TURN IT OVER TO GINA MCCARTHY FOR THAT INFORMATION.

ADMINISTRATOR MCCARTHY: I JUST WANTED TO INDICATE WE HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR THE MEDIA. WE DISAGREE ON THE NUMBERS HERE. EPA'S CALCULATION IT IS $17 PER BARREL OF OIL SPILLED.

REPORTER: I WAS CLOSE. [LAUGHTER]

ADMINISTRATOR MCCARTHY: I WISH YOU GAVE US THAT KIND OF LATITUDE WHEN WE DO THINGS. [LAUGHTER]

REPORTER: LET ME JUST FOLLOW UP THEN AND TRY TO SALVAGE -- I GOT THAT NUMBER FROM "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" BY THE WAY -- [LAUGHTER] WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN, IF THAT IS THE TOTAL, COULD YOU HAVE SOUGHT MORE? WHAT WAS THE MAXIMUM PER BARREL YOU COULD HAVE SOUGHT IS WHAT I AM TRYING TO FIND OUT?

ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH: THE PENALTIES ARE NOT ALLOCATED ON A PER BARREL BASIS. IT IS ON THE DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED. I THINK THE MAXIMUM WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN IF WE STAYED IN COURT AND FOR THIS TO THE BITTER AND FOR SEVERAL MORE YEARS, WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN AN AWARD, STATUTORILY, OF OVER $13 BILLION. THAT WAS ASSUMING THE COURT WOULD HAVE AWARDED THAT AMOUNT OF MONEY. THAT IS CLOSE TO THE MAXIMUM UNDER THE STATUTE WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN. LOOKING AT THE DAMAGE THAT WAS INCURRED HERE, AND AGAIN, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN UPHELD ON APPEAL TO RECOVER THAT MONEY. THOSE OF THE NUMBERS AVAILABLE UNDER THE STATUE, -- UNDER THE STATUTE, BUT WE FELT THIS RESOLUTION WOULD LET US GET THE MONEY TO THE GULF RIGHT AWAY. ANYBODY ELSE HAVE A CALCULATOR? YES?

REPORTER: I WOULD LIKE TO ASK MS. MCCARTHY AND THE ADMIRAL, WHAT IS THE STATE OF THE GULF TODAY? WE TALK A LOT ABOUT HOW MUCH IS BEING DONE. HOW MUCH DAMAGE IS STILL THERE? HOW WOULD YOU HAVE RESCUED IT?

ADMIRAL ZUKUNFT: THE LAST REPORT OF OIL WE HAD WAS BACK IN MARCH. THE TARGET THAT CAME ASHORE WE COULD MATCH TO CONDO 52 -- 252 OIL. TOURISM IS BACK LIKE NEVER BEFORE. FLORIDA, ALABAMA, MISSISSIPPI HAD BANNER YEARS FOR TOURISM. BUT WHAT HAS NOT RECOVERED ARE THESE WETLANDS, AS I ALLUDED TO EARLIER. WHICH IS GOING TO TAKE TIME. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE ECOSYSTEMS THAT ARE DEPENDENT ON THOSE WETLANDS, SUSTAIN FISHERIES WELL INTO THE 21ST CENTURY, THAT WORK IS GOING TO BE ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL. MUCH WORK NOW NEEDS TO BE DONE ON THE RESTORE ASPECT OF THIS OIL SPILL, AND MUCH OF THE RESPONSE WORK IS IN FACT COMPLETE. IF OIL DOES, SURE, WE TAKE THOSE CALLS AND WE RESPOND AS WE DO TO ALL OIL SPILL'S IN THE UNITED STATES.

ADMINISTRATOR MCCARTHY: LET ME JUST ADD THE REASON YOU HAVE THE $8.1 BILLION IN RESTORATION FUNDS IS THERE IS A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE. THERE'S ALSO AN ADDITIONAL $700 MILLION BUILT INTO THIS AGREEMENT SHOULD THERE BE ON FOR SEEN DAMAGES WE DID NOT ANTICIPATE THAT REQUIRE WORK. -- UNDER OR SEEN DAMAGES WE DID NOT ANTICIPATE THAT REQUIRE WORK.

SECRETARY VILSACK: ONE OF THE ASPECTS THAT MAY NOT BE UNDERSTOOD IS WHAT THIS WILL DO TO SPUR PEOPLE TO THINK DIFFERENTLY. WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE FARMERS AND PRODUCERS WHO ARE FAR MORE SENSITIVE TO WHAT THEY CAN DO WITH THEIR LAND, AND THIS RESOURCE WILL ENCOURAGE, I THINK, MORE CONSERVATION THAN WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE TAKEN PLACE. THERE IS NOT ONLY THE DIRECT IMPACT ON HOW THE OIL SPILL AFFECTED THE WETLANDS, BUT ALSO A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE ECOSYSTEM THAT FEEDS INTO THOSE WETLANDS. I THINK YOU WILL SEE SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN HABITAT. THAT IS IN TURN SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASING HUNTING, FISHING, AND THAT WILL TIE INTO THE ADMIRAL'S COMMENTS ABOUT TOURISM.

REPORTER: ON ANOTHER TOPIC, YOU AND ADMINISTRATOR MCCARTHY ARE WORKING ON ANOTHER HIGH PROFILE CASE IN THE VOLKSWAGEN VERDICT AND I'M WONDERING IF YOU AND THE ADMINISTRATOR COULD TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS INVESTIGATION. WHAT LEVEL OF COOPERATION YOU GUYS ARE GETTING FROM VOLKSWAGEN, AND WHETHER YOU WILL PURSUE CRIMINAL CHARGES AT THE MOMENT?

ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH: WHAT I CAN SAY, CERTAINLY, AND ADMINISTRATOR MCCARTHY CAN SPEAK ABOUT ACTIONS ALREADY TAKEN REGARDING VOLKSWAGEN, WHICH ARE PUBLIC. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE EPA TO REVIEW THESE LETTERS. WE WILL REVIEW ALL OF THE EVIDENCE, ALL OF THESE FACTS, AND PURSUE WHATEVER REMEDIES WE FIND AVAILABLE UNDER THE LAW. SINCE THIS IS SOMETHING WE ARE LOOKING AT NOW, I AM NOT ABLE TO GO INTO DETAILS, BUT IT IS SOMETHING WE TAKE VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY. DO YOU WANT TO ADD? AND THEN BEHIND YOU.

REPORTER: FOR THE RESTORATION PLAN, AND HOW SPECIFIC DOES THIS GET IN TELLING STATES HOW THEY WILL GO ABOUT RESTORING THESE WETLANDS? WILL WE SEE FURTHER INPUT FROM THEM ON THE FINE-GRAINED DETAILS? DOES THIS LAY IT ALL OUT?

ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH: I WOULD HOPE THAT PEOPLE GO TO THE WEBSITE AND LOOK AT THE RESTORATION PLAN. THE AGENCIES THAT ARE HERE AND ALL FIVE STATES ARE INVOLVED IN THAT AND WHILE THE RESTORATION PLAN TALKS ABOUT THE THINGS THAT WILL FOCUS ON IN PARTICULAR, WHETHER IT IS A CERTAIN TYPE OF MAMMAL OR FISH, IT DOES NOT DEFINE THESE SPECIFIC PROJECTS NOW, BECAUSE WE WANT EVERY STATE TO LOOK AT THE HARM THEY SUFFER AND COME UP WITH THE B EST PLAN, THE BEST WAYS OF SOLVING TO PARTICULAR ISSUES. THE PLAN DOES OUTLINE BROAD CATEGORIES AND WE EXPECT TO WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH THE RESTORATION COUNCIL, WHICH IS CHAIRED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE HERE -- I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO ADD TO THAT -- BUT WE ANTICIPATE THE STATES WILL BE VERY INVOLVED IN DECIDING THE ACTUAL WAYS TO RESPOND.

REPORTER: THANKS. THE FBI PUT A STATEMENT OUT YESTERDAY REGARDING ONLINE POSTS THAT WERE THREATENING PHILADELPHIA AREA COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. I AM SEEKING YOUR COMMENT ON THAT. IS THE FBI MONITORING ANY SIMILAR ONLINE POSTS?

ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH: I AM GOING TO REFER YOU TO THE FBI'S STATEMENT FOR THAT. WHAT I WILL SAY, IN THIS TIME OF HEIGHTENED SENSITIVITY, WE ARE TAKING ALL STEPS NECESSARY AND APPROPRIATE TO MAKE SURE WE ARE AWARE OF THREATS NO MATTER HOW THEY MAY BE TRANSMITTED. I WOULD REFER YOU BACK TO THE FBI STATEMENT ON THAT.

REPORTER: YOU MENTIONED THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BP -- IS THAT PART OF THE SETTLEMENT WERE YOU DETAIL WHAT THE TRANSPARENCY REQUIREMENTS ARE?

ADMINISTRATOR MCCARTHY: AS YOU KNOW, THEY REQUIRE AND AGREEMENTS, THE CRIMINAL AGREEMENT AS WELL AS THE EPA AGREEMENT WITH BP, THAT WILL REINFORCE THIS PARTICULAR AGREEMENT BECAUSE IT DID SEEK TO BUILD TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISMS. IN PARTICULAR IT REQUIRES BP TO REPORT AND KEEP THAT ACCURATE ON A PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE WEBSITE. SO, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE YOURSELF WHAT KIND OF ACTIONS BP HAS INITIATED AND HOW IT IS COMPLYING WITH THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT. SO, THAT IS THE ULTIMATE OF TRANSPARENCY.

REPORTER: MAY I.S. HUGH ON ANOTHER SUBJECT AS WELL, GIVEN THE PRESIDENT'S -- MAY I ASK YOU ON ANOTHER SUBJECT AS WELL, GIVEN THE PRESIDENT'S COMMENT LAST WEEK ON MASS SHOOTINGS, IS THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LOOKING AT ANY POLICIES THE PRESIDENT COULD LOOK AT?

ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH: HIS STATEMENT WAS CLEAR AND STRONG THAT THIS IS A MATTER OF GRAVE CONCERN AND EVERYONE SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON HOW TO MAKE THE COUNTRY SAFER OVERALL. AS THE PRESIDENT INDICATED, WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING AT WAYS WE CAN MAKE THE STRONGEST CASE IS POSSIBLE UNDER OUR EXISTING LAWS, AND CERTAINLY IT IS AN ONGOING DEBATE AND DISCUSSION. HARD TO SAY WHERE IT WILL END, BUT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE LOOKS FORWARD TO WORK TO KEEP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE. AND BEHIND YOU.

REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE] HAS BEEN TIED UP IN LITIGATION. WILL THIS DRAFT LITIGATION LAYOUT, AND WILL THAT 8.1 BILLION DOLLARS, WITH A COVER THE DAMAGE THAT WE SEE HERE?

ADMINISTRATOR MCCARTHY: I CERTAINLY CAN LEAVE IT TO PENNY. I THINK ONE POINT THAT SHOULD BE MADE, THIS IS GOING OUT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT AND THERE IS A PUBLIC PROCESS. I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO BE ENGAGED IN THAT. ALSO THE RESTORATION COUNCIL IS VERY ROBUST IN TERMS OF HAVING EVERY STAKEHOLDER AT THE TABLE TO WORK THROUGH THESE ISSUES. THE RESTORATION PLAN DOES TAKE ACCOUNT OF WHAT WE BELIEVE TO BE THE IMPACTS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SPILL, BUT ALSO KEEP IN MIND THAT BEYOND THE 8.1 BILLION DOLLARS, THE POTENTIAL $700 MILLION, THERE IS A SETTLEMENT WITH THE COMMUNITIES, AND ECONOMIC SETTLEMENT THAT HAS BEEN REACHED. THERE IS IN TOTAL ABOUT $30 BILLION THAT IS REALLY GOING TO BE FOCUSED ON THIS ISSUE I IN GETTING THE GULF THE KIND OF JUSTICE IT DESERVES.

ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH: YES?

REPORTER: I JUST WANTED TO SEE IF YOU HAD A BEAD ON WHAT IMPACT THE SETTLEMENT MAY HAVE HAD IN FUTURE OIL EXPLORATION IN THE GULF AND WHETHER THE SETTLEMENT HAD THE INTENT OF DISCOURAGING FURTHER PRODUCTION?

ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH: THE SETTLEMENT IS NOT DESIGNED TO DISCOURAGE ANY VALID ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IN THE GULF AND CERTAINLY THE OIL PRODUCTION IS A VALID AND VALUED PART OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. WHAT IT IS DESIGNED TO DO, HOWEVER, IS NOT ONLY TO COMPENSATE FOR DAMAGES TO PROVIDE A WAY FORWARD FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE GULF, BUT LET OTHER COMPANIES KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HARM THAT OCCURS SHOULD ACCIDENTS LIKE THIS HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE. SO, WE HOPE THEY WILL LOOK AT THIS. WE HOPE THAT THEY WILL LOOK AT NOT ONLY BE SETTLEMENT, BUT ALSO THE STEPS EP HAS TAKEN IN TERMS OF TRANSPARENCY, AND TERMS OF CHANGES IN PROCEDURES, AND ENSURING THEY ARE OPERATING IN AS SAFE A MANNER AS POSSIBLE.

REPORTER: LAST WEEK IN AN INTERVIEW, YOU WERE ASKED WHY THERE WERE NOT RELIABLE NATIONAL FIGURES AND YOU SAID YOU DO NOT THINK THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SHOULD BE DICTATING MINUTIA? DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT THEY ARE MINUTIA?

ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH: THEY ARE NOT MINUTIA AT ALL. THE DEPARTMENT AND ADMINISTRATION'S POSITION IS WE NEED TO HAVE NATIONAL DATA ON EXCESSIVE FORCE AND OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTINGS. THIS IS USEFUL BECAUSE IT HELPS US SEE TRENDS, IT HELPS US REMOTE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY. THE POINT I WAS TRYING TO MAKE OF THAT CONFERENCE RELATED TO OUR OVERALL VIEW OF HOW WE DEAL WITH POLICE DEPARTMENTS AS PART OF OUR PRACTICE OF AND FORCING EITHER CONSENT DECREES OR WORKING WITH THEM AND I WAS TRYING TO MAKE THE POINT THAT WE ALSO HAVE TO FOCUS ON BUILDING COMMUNITY TRUST HIM OF WHICH IS A VERY INDIVIDUAL, VERY LOCAL PRACTICE. UNFORTUNATELY MY COMMENTS GAPING MISPERCEPTION WE WERE CHANGING OUR VIEW IN SOME WAY ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS DATA. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. THIS THAT -- THIS DATA IS NOT ONLY VITAL, WE ARE WORKING CLOSELY TO DEVELOP NATIONAL CONSISTENT STANDARDS FOR THIS KIND OF INFORMATION.

REPORTER: SHOULD THE DEPARTMENT BE COMPELLED TO PROVIDE THIS DATA?

ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH: WE DO REQUIRE IT WHEN WE HAVE CONSENT DECREES WITH DEPARTMENTS AND FRANKLY, WE FIND IT VERY, VERY USEFUL AS WE LOOK AT DATA AND TRENDS. WE ENCOURAGE OTHER DEPARTMENTS TO DO SO. AND FRANKLY, OTHER POLICE DEPARTMENT'S ARE FINDING IT USEFUL. THE FACT THAT WE DO NOT HAVE A NATIONWIDE, CONSISTENT SET OF STANDARDS NOT ONLY MAKES OUR JOB DIFFICULT, IT MAKES IT HARD TO SEE THESE TRENDS. THAT IS WHITE IS SO IMPORTANT TO FOCUS ON THESE. THIS IS WHY WE ARE WORKING WITH THE DEPARTMENT'S RESEARCH ARM, WORKING WITH THE LEADING POLICE ASSOCIATIONS -- MAJOR CITY CHIEFS, MAJOR COUNTY SHERIFF'S -- TO LOOK AT THESE STANDARDS. WE ARE GOING FURTHER PUBLISHING INFORMATION ABOUT DEATHS IN CUSTODY AS WELL. TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ARE HELPED BY THIS KIND OF NATIONAL DATA.

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REPORTER: THERE HAS BEEN A CONSISTENT STREAM OF INFORMATION LEAKING OUT ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON'S E-MAIL STORAGE. ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THESE LEAKS? WHAT YOU DOING TO PREVENT ANY MORE INFORMATION GETTING OUT?

ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH: I THINK LEAKS ARE DETRIMENTAL TO ANY MATTER, NO MATTER WHAT IT IS, NO MATTER WHO IS INVOLVED. EVERYONE ONCE MATTERS INVESTIGATED THE WAY THE APARTMENT DOES -- THOROUGHLY, EFFICIENTLY. BEYOND THAT I AM NOT ABLE TO COMMENT ON THE SPECIFICS OF THE MATTER. THANK YOU.

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