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Thad Allen can finally retire

By Ed O'Keefe

The "national incident commander" overseeing the federal response to the BP oil spill stepped down on Friday and will join the RAND Corporation, reports The Post's David A. Fahrenthold:

Thad Allen
Adm. Thad Allen, left, and NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco release rehabilitated sea turtles off Cedar Key, Fla., in August. (Phil Sandlin/AP)
On Friday, 11 weeks after the runaway well was capped July 15, Allen announced that the "national incident command" was being dismantled.
The response to the oil spill will continue, under the command of a lower-ranking Coast Guard admiral based in New Orleans. As of last week, about 22,600 people and 1,381 vessels were still involved in cleaning up oil along the coast.
But Allen, whose military buzz cut and continuing love for nautical metaphors made an odd contrast with his new business-casual clothes, will be off the job.
"As I transition to a new phase of my professional life," he said in a statement Friday morning, "I want to thank the thousands of individuals . . . who worked tirelessly to contain the discharge, shut in the well, clean up the oil and mitigate the impacts of the spill."

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 1, 2010; 3:11 PM ET
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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