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A worker uses low-pressure hot water on an oil-soaked beach at Eleanor Island, Alaska, on April 16, 1989, as officials demonstrated several clean-up methods there. Today marks 25 years since the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill, and consequences from the accident still plague the Prince William Sound. (File / McClatchy Newspapers)

25 years after spill, oil from Exxon Valdez still clings to lives, habitats

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WASHINGTON — Andy Wills was sleeping on a friend’s couch in Cordova, Alaska, on March 24, 1989, ready to head out and harvest spring herring in Prince William Sound.

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“My buddy had just handed me a cup of coffee in the morning and we’re watching ‘Good Morning America,’ ” Wills said. “And there’s the Exxon Valdez on TV, spilling oil.”

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