Chadux Mission & History

"To be Alaska’s responder of choice ready to protect Alaska’s environment in a safe, efficient and cost effective manner"

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In the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, new state and federal regulations dramatically changed the requirements for oil spill prevention and response. Chadux was formed in 1993, by Alaska Petroleum Distributors and Transporters (APD&T), as a result of the federal Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90). As part of OPA90, companies who distributed or transported refined petroleum products were required to implement specific oil spill prevention measures. Chadux continually ensures their members meet U.S. Coast Guard and State of Alaska oil spill response requirements.

Chadux has grown from a company with four original members to it's current organization with over 65 members and 24 years experience in oil spill response. Chadux's expertise is respected and frequently called upon by state and federal agencies to respond to numerous incidents throughout Alaska.

Iliodor Philemonof, an Aleut speaker, was consulted in the naming of Chadux. The word Chadux was derived from the native Aleut word for whale blubber. Over time, the word evolved to refer to fuel, and presently it refers to oil. To learn more about the Aleut origins of Chadux, please listen to the audio clip below. Chadux wishes to thank Archpriest Paul Merculief for his assistance in creating this audio clip.