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UPDATED JULY 1: Budget cuts threaten spill response equipment in remote Alaska communities

Update:

GOOD NEWS! We received word from Lt Nunez with Alaska’s District 17 of the Coast Guard that the Coast Guard headquarters has approved funds to keep the remote spill response equipment caches in Alaska through their next fiscal year (October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016).

Your letters of support helped! He specifically mentioned that the public’s letters of support for the caches really helped convince headquarters that Alaska has different needs than the rest of the country.

Original post:

In an effort to reduce spending, the U.S. Coast Guard is considering decommissioning caches of oil spill response equipment stationed around Alaska. The caches will be funded through the next fiscal year, however, long-term funding is not secure. The Coast Guard has invited the public to share their thoughts.

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New council report: Port of Valdez shrimp found generally safe for consumption

Prince William Sound shrimp

Prince William Sound shrimp

A new report on the effects of small amounts of hydrocarbons on Port Valdez shrimp is now available. The report was approved by the board of directors during the May board meeting.

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Are shrimp caught in Port Valdez contaminated by Alaska North Slope crude oil? The council recently worked with scientists at the National Auke Bay Lab in Juneau to answer that question. Continue reading

Funds available for educational projects related to our mission

Alaska students learned about environmental stewardship and how the effects of an oil spill can spread during a recent expedition into Prince WIlliam Sound. Here, they pose next to a Dusky Canada goose nest island they helped the U.S. Forest Service to maintain.

 During a Youth Involvement project funded through this program in 2014, Alaska students learned about environmental stewardship and how the effects of an oil spill can spread during an expedition into Prince William Sound. Here, they pose next to a Dusky Canada goose nest island they helped the U.S. Forest Service to maintain.

UPDATE: The deadline for proposals for educational project funding has passed. The next deadline for proposals will be in late fall 2015. Please email Outreach Coordinator Lisa Matlock if you would like to be added to the notification list for these funding opportunities.

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Environmental Protection Agency revising rules on oil spill dispersants

A vessel sprays water as practice for applying dispersants during an oil spill drill.

A vessel sprays water as practice for applying dispersants during an oil spill drill.

By Joe Banta
Council Project Manager

The Environmental Protection Agency is updating the rules for using chemicals, including dispersants, to respond to oil spills in the United States. This update is intended to address the concerns that arose during and after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. During that disaster, an estimated 210 million gallons of oil was spilled, and over 1.8 million gallons of dispersants were applied to the spill.

Dispersants are chemicals applied to spilled oil to try to break down the oil into small particles with the hope that these particles disperse into the water column rather than remain floating on the surface in a slick. Continue reading