EXXON VALDEZ PHOTOS: 20 Years On, Spilled Oil Remains

PHOTOS: Exxon Valdez Oil Still Damaging Environment
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Crews use high-pressured hoses to blast oil-covered rocks on Naked Island, Alaska, on April 21, 1989, about a month after the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground.

An 11,000-person crew removed much of the oil from the beaches until 1994, when government officials decided to end the cleanup.

But that decision was made too soon, experts said in March 2009. Huge quantities of oil remain.

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