Opportunity for public comment: Changes proposed to process for public input on oil spills

The Alaska Regional Response Team, made up of state and federal agencies, recently proposed changes to the Alaska Federal/State Preparedness Plan for Response to Oil & Hazardous Substance Discharges/Releases, also known as the “Unified Plan,” which guides oil spill cleanup in Alaska. These changes would replace the Regional Stakeholder Committee, or RSC, the forum that has been used since the Exxon Valdez oil spill to communicate with those stakeholders affected by an incident such as an oil spill.

Public comment period documents:

The council does not believe this change improves stakeholder representation. We have produced a fact sheet and a summary table that outlines how the proposed changes may adversely affect stakeholders:

Read the council’s comments submitted on April 29:

Want to write your own comments? We have put together a sample letter to help you out:
Please note the deadline for comments has passed.

PWSRCAC letters to elected officials on the proposed changes:

For additional information, please contact Linda Swiss or Lisa Matlock at 907-277-7222

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