Board of Directors met in Anchorage

The Council’s Board of Directors met in Anchorage on January 26 and 27, 2023. 

Final agenda and meeting materials: Board of Directors Meeting, January 2023

The Council conducted regular business during the meeting, including updates from Council ex officio members, staff, and committees. Other topics included on the agenda were:

  • An activity report by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company on the Valdez Marine Terminal and Ship Escort Response Vessel System operations.
  • An update on State of Alaska Article 4 oil discharge prevention and contingency plan regulations from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Spill Prevention and Response Division Director Tiffany Larson.
  • A report on how to evaluate the integrity of liners integral to the effectiveness of the secondary containment systems around the tanks at the Valdez Marine Terminal; the liners are intended to hold oil in the event of a spill until clean up can occur.
  • A report on data analyzed from Council weather buoys in Port Valdez from 2019-2021.
  • An update and discussion on changes proposed by the Alaska Regional Response Team to the Regional Stakeholder Committee process during an oil spill.
  • A presentation on aerial forage fish surveys conducted in Prince William Sound in June of 2022.
  • A review of materials created to support the Council’s dispersant use position, updated in September 2022.
  • A summary by Council staff of incidents (e.g., oil spills, fires, malfunctions causing shutdowns, navigational closures, tanker/escort incidents) at the terminal, on Ship Escort Response Vessel System tugs and barges or on associated tankers that occurred in 2022.
  • The appointment of new representatives to the Cordova District Fisherman United and City of Cordova seats, as well as creation and appointment of a temporary recreation seat on the Council’s board of directors.

Council board meetings are routinely recorded and may be disseminated to the public by the Council or by the news media.


News release:

PWSRCAC January 2023 Board Meeting Press Release (87 KB)

Request for Proposals: Update to Peer Listener Training Manual

Photo of the Valdez Duck Flats.The Council is inviting proposals for a project to update its Peer Listener Training Manual based on recently compiled recommendations on best practices for developing and maintaining peer-to-peer support networks. This updated Peer Listener Training manual will be included as an appendix to the existing PWSRCAC Guidebook for Coping with Technological Disasters

Submittal Deadline: February 15, 2023
Award Announcement: March 10, 2023

More information and instructions to submit a proposal is available in the full RFP: 

RFP Peer Listener Training Manual (0.2 MB)

Please submit questions and proposals to Danielle Verna, project manager for the Council by email: dverna@pwsrcac.org

Recertification application for public review

The Council is seeking recertification as the alternative voluntary advisory group for Prince William Sound, as authorized under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). The application has been submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard, which is charged with assessing whether the Council fosters the general goals and purposes of OPA 90 and is broadly representative of communities and interests as envisioned under OPA 90.

The recertification application is available for public review:

To obtain a printed copy, contact PWSRCAC at (907) 277-7222, toll-free (800) 478-7221, or email brooke.taylor@pwsrcac.org.

How to submit comments

DEADLINE: Comments need to reach the USCG by Feb. 8, 2023, and should reference “PWSRCAC Recertification Docket USCG-2022-0707” in the subject line.

Commander, 17th Coast Guard District (dpi)
PO Box 25517
Juneau, AK 99802
Attn: LT Benjamin Bauman
Inspections & Investigations


News release: 

Prince William Sound RCAC Recertification Application For Public Review - Dec 2022 (75 KB)

NOW HIRING: Project manager for terminal operations

The Council is seeking skilled and experienced applicants for the Terminal Operations Project Manager position, located in Valdez, AK.

Applicants must have strong verbal and written communication skills and be able to work collaboratively with staff, volunteers, industry, and regulators to promote environmentally responsible transportation of crude oil through Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska.

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

The starting annual base salary is $101,000+ DOE. An additional 10% of base salary is provided for Valdez cost of living adjustment. After 60 days of successful employment, an additional 25% of base salary is added for optional benefits, bringing total compensation to $136,350.

General Duties

  • Monitor the actual and potential environmental impacts stemming from the operation of the Valdez Marine Terminal, and review operational and maintenance practices at the facility in the interest of mitigating those impacts.
  • Develop all aspects of PWSRCAC projects and programs as assigned, including project plans, determination of resources needed, budget development, and contract management, in line with PWSRCAC’s mission and Long Range Plan.
  • Analyze data and interpret statistics related to terminal operations and project activities.
  • Maintain contact with regulators and other groups to ensure projects do not duplicate activities underway, planned, or completed by others.
  • Keep PWSRCAC’s Terminal Operations and Environmental Monitoring (TOEM) Committee informed on the status of projects, and actively seek committee member input on various projects and activities.
  • Participate in monthly TOEM Committee meetings.
  • Stay informed on current oil spill prevention and response issues, especially in Alaska.
  • Participate as a member of the PWSRCAC Emergency Response Team at drills and incidents as assigned.

More information:  Terminal Operations Project Manager (full job description)

How to apply

The application is submitted through Criteria Corps’ ondemandassessment.com at the link below. You will be asked to upload a cover letter detailing your qualifications, a current resume, and at least three professional references. Candidates will also be asked to complete online assessments through this website to verify skills and abilities. 

Apply here for Terminal Operations Project Manager

Position open until filled, with the first review of applicants occurring in February 2023.

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