Joseph Hazelwood, Captain of the Exxon Valdez, Is Dead at 75

Captain Joseph Hazelwood of the tanker Exxon Valdez, who capsized in March 1989

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In the icy waters of Alaska's Prince William Sound, spilling at least 10.8 million gallons of crude oil in one of the biggest environmental catastrophes in American history.

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Has passed away at he was 75. His nephew Sam Hazelwood, who said his uncle has been battling the combined effects of Covid-19 and cancer, confirmed the death on Friday.

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His death was announced on July 22 by the shipping news website gCaptain.com, which did not specify who had confirmed it, just stating that it had been a member of the Hazelwood.

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The Exxon Valdez spill tarnished 1,500 miles of the Gulf of Alaska shoreline, which is home to many wildlife and fishing sites.

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It assisted in the Oil Pollution Act of 1990's approval by Congress.

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Which streamlined and improved the United States Environmental Protection Agency's capacity to prevent and deal with major oil spills. 

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According to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, a joint federal-state monitoring organization.

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The spill killed 250,000 seabirds, 2,800 sea otters, 300 harbour seals, 250 bald eagles, and maybe 22 killer whales.

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