Attorneys: Plan for addressing lingering Exxon Valdez effects taking longer than expected



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JUNEAU, Alaska — Government attorneys say a restoration plan for addressing lingering effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill is taking longer than expected to complete.

The six-step plan includes testing of possible bioremediation technologies.

The attorneys, in a recent court filing, said it will be necessary to apply what was learned from the testing to all known or predicted oiled sites before moving ahead. They proposed another update to the court by June 30.

Lawsuits brought against Exxon Mobil Corp. by the state and federal governments after the 1989 spill led to a $900 million settlement and a consent decree that included a clause that would allow the governments to seek additional funds for restoration projects.

In 2006, the governments demanded $92 million but haven't asked a judge to enforce the provision.

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