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Wildlife Protection Guidelines for Oil Spill Response in Alaska Public Review

The public comment period for this document is now closed.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the Alaska Regional Response Team were seeking public input on the Wildlife Protection Guidelines for Oil Spill Response in Alaska (WPG), version 2020. This revision will replace the 2012 version of the WPG, which was also known as Annex G of the [superseded] Unified Plan.

The WPG is a non-regulatory document developed to facilitate compliance with state and federal contingency planning and spill response requirements, and it is a reference for all of Alaska’s Area Contingency Plans. The primary purpose of the WPG is to provide guidance to oil spill planners and responders to minimize impacts to fish and wildlife. It applies primarily to wildlife species that inhabit offshore and coastal marine areas because of the potential for significant effects of oil spills in these environments, but also covers inland and freshwater wildlife.

We appreciated specific input about whether any information, guidance, forms, or protocols in the revised WPG was inaccurate, incomplete, unclear, outdated, or inefficient. General comments and suggestions for content to include in future revisions were also welcomed.

Documents and Links

Finalized Wildlife Protection Guidelines for Oil Spill Response in Alaska
WPG for Oil Spill Response in Alaska, final
Draft document for public review
WPG for Oil Spill Response in Alaska, Version 2020 (PDF 14.5M)
State of Alaska official public notice
Notice of public comment period (PDF)
Instructions for commenters
Public comment instructions
Organizing and submitting comments template
Public comment template (XLS 15K)
Frequently Asked Questions
WPG frequently asked questions
Detailed comparison of substantive differences between 2012 and 2020 versions
WPG version comparison (PDF)
Alaska Regional Response Team’s Wildlife Protection Committee webinar presentations*, January 13, 2020
Public workshop and webinar agenda (PDF)
Webinar Part I (PDF 6.4M)
Webinar Part II (PDF 6.6M)
*Presentations provide an overview of changes to the WPG
Current plan (for reference)
WPG for Oil Spill Response in Alaska, version 2012 (PDF 3.4M)
Wildlife Protection Guidelines Response to Comments Matrix
WPG Response to Comments Matrix, May 2020

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