(adds more quotes, background) By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) - A top U.S. official on Wednesday rejected calls for the Bush administration to rescind its controversial steel tariffs, saying they were still needed to encourage consolidation in the U.S. steel industry. U.S. Commerce Under Secretary Grant Aldonas also said the tariffs were necessary because many trading partners remained unwilling to eliminate government subsidies and other "unfair" trading practices that ...
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