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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.

The council is inviting proposals for projects to educate students and the general public in the Exxon Valdez oil spill region about the council and topics relating to its mission.

Proposed topics could include, but are not limited to: citizens’ oversight; environmental impacts of the operation of the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company terminal in Valdez and the oil tankers that call there; oil spill prevention and response planning; or other topics related to our mission: citizens promoting environmentally safe operation of the Alyeska Pipeline marine terminal in Valdez and the oil tankers that use it. Continue reading

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

New regulations mean cleaner air in Prince William Sound

By Austin Love
Council Project Manager

Crude oil tankers in Prince William Sound are using cleaner fuel than they were just a few years ago. New regulations, created by the International Maritime Organization, aim to improve air quality by limiting pollutants emitted from large ships. The regulations target three air pollutants produced by internal combustion engines and released in vessel exhaust: sulfur oxides, particulate matter, and nitrogen oxides. Continue reading