In this April 1989 photo, an oil covered bird is examined on an island in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The Exxon Valdez oil spill 30 years ago produced striking images of sea otters and birds soaked in oil and workers painstakingly washing crude off beaches. (Jack Smith | Associated Press File)

In this April 1989 photo, an oil covered bird is examined on an island in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The Exxon Valdez oil spill 30 years ago produced striking images of sea otters and birds soaked in oil and workers painstakingly washing crude off beaches. (Jack Smith | Associated Press File)

30th anniversary: Exxon Valdez oil spill inflicted lasting wounds

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