TEXAS CITY The city s top emergency management official said had he known that BP was releasing thousands of pounds of chemicals into the air during a 40-day period in 2010, he would have done whatever he could to force the company to stop.

It is a move that the mayor, an ardent defender of BP, said he would have supported.

Bruce Clawson, the city s emergency management coordinator and director of homeland security, said he was kept in the dark about what resulted in more than 500,000 pounds of toxins released in April and May three years ago. Had he known, Clawson said he would have met with BP officials privately and told them, You cannot do it that way.

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