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Proposed Changes to Alaska’s Planning Structure

Decommissioning the Unified Plan and Sub-area Plans to a Regional Contingency Plan and four Area Contingency Plans

The public review period is from June 18 to July 17, 2018.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Environmental Protection Agency are seeking public input on the structural changes from the multi-agency response planning structure currently known as the Alaska Federal/State Preparedness Plan for Response to Oil and Hazardous Substance Discharges/Releases (the Unified Plan) and the 10 Sub-area Plans, to a Regional Plan and four Area Plans.

Documents and Links

Notice of Public Comment Period
State of Alaska public notice identifying how and when to comment
Understanding Alaska’s Planning Structural Reorganization (PDF 485K)
“How to” resource for reading, comprehending and using the new Alaska contingency planning documents
Structural Reorganization Supplemental (PDF 415K)
Table outlining the key differences between the Unified Plan/Sub-area Plans and the new RCP/ACP format
Comment Matrix (DOCX 24K) (PDF 187K)
Form providing stakeholders with a template for commenting on the subject document
Contingency Plans
Regional/Area Planning Proposal webpage
Webpage providing a brief overview of the planning proposal as well as links to supplemental documents and more detailed maps of the proposed Areas and Geographic Zones

Proposed Area Boundaries and Geographic Zones Map (click image to enlarge)

Geographic Zones mimic the boundaries of the existing 10 subareas: 1) Southeast Alaska, 2) Prince William Sound, 3) Cook Inlet, 4) Kodiak Island, 5) Aleutians, 6) Bristol Bay, 7) Western Alaska, 8) Northwest Arctic, 9) North Slope, and 10) Interior Alaska.