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Trans-Alaska Pipeline System - Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need any Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) permits if my project is authorized by the State Pipeline Coordinator’s Section (SPCS)?
The SPCS can give approval for matters under the authority of ADNR regulations. However, DEC administers the environmental regulations within the State of Alaska and you must have any permits required by DEC in order to operate. If you are unsure of permit needs contact the DEC JPO liaison for assistance.
Do I need to discuss my pipeline/camp/wastewater/drinking water/temporary camp plans with DEC even if I have approval from another State or federal agency?
Yes. DEC is the administrator for Alaska environmental statutes and regulations. Other state or federal agencies administer their own different authorities and cannot approve activities governed by DEC Regulations. If your project involves discharges to water, such as a wastewater, you should contact the Division of Water to determine if you require a DEC permit. If you plans include emissions or to the air, a generator, an incinerator, power generation, you should contact the Division of Air and inquire if your activity will require a permit. If your project will generate solid waste, include worker housing or food service, or if your plans include the use or application of any form of pesticide you should contact the Division of Environmental Health. If you are unsure of permit needs contact the DEC JPO liaison for assistance.
How do I contact staff at DEC regarding TAPS?
Visit the PPR Contacts webpage to find the appropriate contact person for your question, or contact the DEC JPO liaison.
Who do I call when I see something wrong on the TAPS corridor?
There are several places you can report a problem. If you see a spill, report it to DEC. If you notice something that is not a spill, you can notify the State Pipeline Coordinator’s Section, or the US BLM Branch of Pipeline Monitoring. You may also contact the DEC JPO liaison.