Upcoming council meeting in Valdez

Valdez, AlaskaThe council’s board of directors will hold their next meeting in Valdez at the Valdez Convention Center on May 1 and 2, 2014.

A draft agenda and supporting documents are available for download: May 2014 Meeting of the PWSRCAC Board of Directors The final agenda will be available next week.

Board meetings are open to the public.  An opportunity for public comments is provided at the beginning of each meeting. The councils’ board meetings are recorded and may be disseminated to the public by the council or by the news media.

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The council is hiring: Terminal Operations Project Manager

Storage Tanks at Valdez Marine TerminalThe council seeks applicants for the position of Terminal Operations Project Manager.

Advanced science or engineering degree or equivalent preferred. Oil terminal operations and environmental monitoring experience a plus but not required.

Preferred position location in Valdez, AK; Anchorage, AK will be considered.

More information and application instructions are available on our Employment page.

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Council is recertified by Coast Guard

The Coast Guard has recertified the citizens’ council as meeting its responsibilities under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. In a March 15 letter to the council, Rear Admiral, T.P. Ostebo, commander of the Cost Guard’s District 17 in Juneau, notified the council of recertification. The 1990 Act requires the council to be recertified annually as the official citizens’ advisory group to the oil industry in Prince William Sound. Guidelines established in 2002 streamlined the recertification process for two out of three years, with every third year requiring stricter procedures.  That process- known as comprehensive recertification – was used this year. The new recertification expires February 28, 2015.  At that time, the council is scheduled to undergo the streamlined version of recertification.

The council received over 70 letters of support from organizations, agencies, businesses, Native corporations, and members of the public during the recertification process.  You can read these letters by clicking “Letters of support” under “Documents” below. 

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25th Anniversary Commemoration – Events

A fishing vessel practices using oil spill boom and skimmers during fishing vessel training last year. The fishermen bring valuable knowledge about local waters during a spill response. Photo by Jeremy Robida.

One of the most important changes in Prince William Sound is the inclusion of local fishing vessels in oil spill planning and response. The fishermen bring valuable knowledge about local waters during a spill response. Participants in this program are trained annually to transport response equipment, and deploy and tend boom. Find out more about this and many other changes at one of the events listed.

Several public presentations were held in March to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The presentations focussed on the improvements in oil spill prevention and response in Prince William Sound since 1989.

Dates and locations:

  • Valdez:  March 4th at the Valdez Museum
  • Seward:  March 6 at the SeaLife Center
  • Cordova:  March 11 at the U.S. Forest Service in Cordova
  • Homer: March 13 at the Pratt Museum
  • Kodiak: March 18 at the library
  • Glenallen: March 21 at the Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment
  • Anchorage: March 24th at the Loussac Library

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Public comments on guidelines for use of dispersants in Alaska

Changes to how dispersants are authorized for use during an oil spill are being proposed by the Alaska Regional Response Team (ARRT). The ARRT is a combination of federal, state and local agencies that share responsibilities for managing oil and chemical spill responses in Alaska.

The ARRT asked for members of the public and stakeholder groups to review the draft Oil Dispersant Authorization Plan, and is providing an opportunity for comment. The ARRT’s deadline for written comments was February 14, 2014.

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