White House to name leaders for oil spill presidential commission investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House plans to name former Florida Sen. Bob Graham and former EPA administrator William K. Reilly to lead a presidential commission investigating the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The appointments were confirmed by two people familiar with the decisions speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement.

Graham is a Democrat and Reilly served in a Republican administration, a bipartisan model that follows presidential panels that investigated the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster and the nuclear power plant accident at Three Mile Island in 1979.

Graham served in the Senate from 1987 to 2005 and previously served two terms as Florida governor. Reilly served as EPA administrator under President George H.W. Bush. The commission's inquiry will range from the causes of the spill to the safety of offshore oil drilling and the functioning of the Minerals Management Service, the government agency that grants drilling rights.

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