NEW ORLEANS -- The government's oil spill chief says workers expect to begin the two-step process of finally killing BP's blown-out well in a week.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says Monday that the so-called 'static kill' -- in which mud and cement are blasted into the top of the well -- should start on Aug. 2.

If all goes well, the final stage -- in which mud and cement are blasted in from deep underground -- could begin Aug. 7.

BP has said the bottom kill could take days or weeks, depending on how well the static kill works.

Tropical storm forecasts last week forced crews to suspend their work 40 miles off the Louisiana coast for several days. Allen says he'll order an evacuation again if a similar storm forms.

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