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Spill Response Exercise Improvements



The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) is working on improvements to the Spill Response Exercise Program. The goal of this effort is to improve the program to better serve the needs of regulators, regulated operators, spill response organizations, and other stakeholders, while maintaining or improving the state of oil spill response readiness within the State of Alaska.

In the spring of 2016, we solicited and received comments on a draft whitepaper on response exercise improvements.

In November 2016, we embarked on a stakeholder outreach effort to further collaborate with the response community. We conducted an on-line survey in November, 2016, and two web-based visioning sessions in December, 2016. Over 90 stakeholders completed the on-line survey and over 60 stakeholders participated in the visioning sessions. Combined, these two techniques provided ADEC with tremendous stakeholder input needed to begin building our new Response Exercise Program framework. We are very appreciative to those who took the time to participate in the survey and visioning sessions.

The Survey and Visioning Session Results Reports as well as a spreadsheet of comments received during the Visioning Sessions are available in the box entitled Reports located on the right side of this webpage.

Next Steps- Workshop April 18, 2017 in Anchorage

We are utilizing the input received and working internally to develop a Response Exercise Program framework and scope. We will host a Public Workshop in Anchorage on April 18th at Alaska Pacific University’s Atwood Dining Hall. The workshop will begin at 9 AM. Further workshop details will be provided as we get closer to the workshop so please visit this page again for more information.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Training and Exercise Group at (907) 269-3080 or (907) 465-5283 or email