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Events and Opportunities

Upcoming conferences, presentations and meetings related to Class 2 facilities to be attended and/or hosted by DEC staff, as well as communities DEC plans to visit, will be listed here.

Upcoming DEC Events

  • Class 2 facility staff conducts several outreach trips each year. These visits are usually multi-community week-long trips where we meet with aboveground storage tank owners and operators to discuss spill prevention measures, assist with regulatory requirements and perform courtesy no-fault facility inspections. If you have a suggestion for an upcoming outreach effort please let us know.

The following are additional Resources for Class 2 facility operators, including training, assistance, advice, and other opportunities.

Free or Subsidized Opportunities

  • Do you need an upgrade to your tank farm? The Denali Commission wants to know what tank farm-related projects need financial assistance. Applicants should be able to plan and organize the bulk of the project, and provide a description to the Commission using the form available by clicking the “download” button on their website.
  • Bulk Fuel Operator course: tuition, room and board, and partial travel assistance for 10-day AVTEC, Alaska's Institute of Technology, bulk fuel operator training; courtesy of Alaska Energy Authority and the Denali Commission.
    • Starting in 2018: a professional bulk fuel operator will visit the home facility of each participant that successfully completes this course, to provide site-specific guidance and advice.
    • Next course dates:
      • March 9-20, 2020
      • April 27-May 8, 2020
    • To apply and register or speak with the course coordinator, visit the Alaska Energy Authority website, or contact the Training Program Manager, Karin St. Clair, at 907-771-3081 or kstclair@akenergyauthority.org.
  • Grant funding is still available for the first year of a Tank Farm Management Contract with Rural Alaska Fuel Services, courtesy of the Denali Commission. RAFS provides tank farm inspections, PIC, operator and HAZWOPER trainings, as well as tank cleaning and demolition services. For questions and details contact RAFS: 907-562-0285, rafsoffice@rafs.net.
  • New dates for courses targeting small community government operations including Utility Clerk and Financial Management have been posted. These Rural Utility Business Advisor Program classes are provided by the Division of Community and Regional Affairs and will occur in Anchorage. Training dates are listed on DCRA's training calendar and registration can be completed through the course registration webpage. For questions, including eligibility for travel reimbursement contact Brenda Hewitt: 907-269-5939, brenda.hewitt@alaska.gov.
  • Grants of up to $575,000 are available for pre-disaster hazard mitigation (e.g. tank farm infrastructure repair, tank farms threatened by changing coastline, salt water damage, or other natural causes), through the Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. Eligible applicants include tribal, local and state governments. Several grants are available annually, each with separate deadlines. More information, including staff contact names and numbers, is available at ready.alaska.gov.
  • The Denali Commission offers financial assistance for fuel-related projects. Details can be found on the Energy Program website.
  • Repair and Replacement Fund assistance (free professional guidance on developing and managing rural energy infrastructure); courtesy of the Denali Commission and the Alaska Community Foundation.
  • Tribal Capacity and Training program: learn how to have a voice in rural Alaska’s environmental issues by attending one of the courses below. Participation is free, provided by Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC). Details can be found on the ANTHC website.
    • Tribal Environmental Plan Development Workshop
    • Introduction to the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program
    • Climate Change Adaption Training
  • Scholarship-assisted Environmental Job Training
    • Get the qualifications to work as a Landfill Operator, Environmental Technician, Emergency Spill Responder, Home Fuel Tank Inspector, Certified Sediment and Erosion Control Lead, Forklift Operator, Water and Soil Sampler, Contaminated Site Cleanup Technician, and more
    • Must be unemployed or only working part-time
    • Participants receive 10 - 11 University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) credits and earn a UAF Occupational Endorsement as a Rural Alaska Solid Waste and Spill Response Technician
    • The 4-week training occurs annually, for two 2-week periods between February and April
    • Applications are typically available in early October and due by mid-November each year
    • For eligibility requirements, an application packet, or to find program staff contact information, visit the Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training Program (RACEJT) webpage at the Zender Environmental website

Additional Opportunities

  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10 Tribal Newsletter calendar (PDF), located on the EPA's website includes a variety of statewide opportunities, ranging from more general environmental tribal leadership introductory workshops to specific classes on subjects such as emergency oil spill response.
  • An online 2-hour class on the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan, a federal requirement for many facilities with over 1,320 gallons of aboveground storage capacity, is available on The Alaska Forum, Inc’s website. The Alaska Forum is the nonprofit organization that hosts the annual Alaska Forum on the Environment. Other environmental trainings are offered through this site as well.

Send us a note if you have a suggestion for an outreach or resource opportunity or if you would like to learn more.

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