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Manuals and Guidance Documents

For more information regarding PPR guidance documents, please see the Forms and Applications page. Additional resources for storage tanks are located on the Home Heating Oil Tanks and Underground Storage Tanks pages. There are additional resources on site cleanup available on the Contaminated Sites Program Guidance and Forms page.

Document Name and Link Category Date
Guidance to communicate Intention to Repeal 18 AAC 75.835 - 18 AAC 75.849
The future of the Class 2 facility regulations implemented by the DEC, including the department's expectations for registration and notification of Class 2 facility
Aboveground Storage Tanks May 2020
Plan Application Package Submittal Guidance
Process for submitting electronic documents
Contingency Plans December
2019
Decanting Guidance (PDF 1.3M)
To clarify how decanting procedures can be incorporated in an Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan
Contingency Plans December
2018
Aboveground Storage Tanks Used During an Emergency for Temporary Storage (PDF 1.8M)
Guidance document that addresses what is included in an oil discharge and contingency plan for an aboveground oil storage tank that is designated as part of a temporary storage system during an emergency.
Aboveground Storage Tanks September
2018
Oil Spill Response Exercise Guidance: A Manual for Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Exercises (PDF 2.9M)
The Guidance is part of a dedicated effort to improve DEC’s Oil Spill Response Exercise Program to better serve the needs of regulated oil operators, response action contractors, state and federal agencies, and other exercise stakeholders, while improving oil spill response readiness within the State of Alaska.
Spill Response April
2018
Tanks Listed in Plan (PDF 40K)
Clarifies the size of oil storage tanks that should be included in contingency plans and used in determining the oil storage capacity of a facility. Guidance No. OPC 92-6.
Aboveground Storage Tanks April
1992
STAR Manual
The Spill Tactics for Alaska Responders (STAR) manual provides a standardized oil spill response tactics manual specific to the State of Alaska
Spill Response March
2014
SCAT Manual
The Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT) manual is a systematic method for surveying an affected shoreline after an oil spill
Spill Response August
2013
Tundra Treatment Manual
The Tundra Treatment manual is used for treating oil and hazardous substance spills to tundra
Spill Response December
2010
Home Heating Oil Tanks - A complete guide for property owners (PDF 715K)
This guide is provided to help you have a safe heating oil system and to prevent spills of heating oil into the environment
Home Heating
Oil Tanks
January
2003
Aboveground Storage Tank Operator Training Handbook (PDF 3.6M)
This handbook is designed for Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) operators and should be used as a guidebook as well as a reference manual
Aboveground
Storage Tanks
October
2016
Installation Brochure (PDF 192K)
Home Heating Oil tank installation guidelines for both aboveground and underground tanks
Home Heating
Oil Tanks
March
2012
Inspection Checklist (PDF 146K)Checklist for inspecting your home heating oil tank Home Heating
Oil Tanks
March
2012
Aboveground Tank Inspection Brochure (PDF 849K)Guide for inspecting an aboveground heating oil tank, including photos of potential tank issues, signs of a spill, and what to do in case of a spill Home Heating
Oil Tanks
March
2012
Underground Tank Inspection Brochure (PDF 1.13M)Guide for inspecting an underground heating oil tank, including photos of potential tank issues, inspection checklist, and what to do in case of a spill Home Heating
Oil Tanks
March
2012
Underground Tank Closure Brochure (PDF 1.13M)Guide for taking an underground heating oil tank out of service, inclduing common questions and useful tips Home Heating
Oil Tanks
March
2012
Tank Safety in Flood and Earthquake Areas (PDF 547K)Guide for choosing a fuel stand in both earthquake country and flood prone areas, as well as tips for preventing a spill during and earthquake or flood Home Heating
Oil Tanks
March
2012
In Situ Burning Guidelines for Alaska (PDF 645K)
The Alaska in situ burning guidelines are used by State and Federal onscene coordinators to authorize an emergency in situ burn of oil
Spill Response August
2008
Alaska Regional Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Response Teams (PDF 598K)
Brochure providing a general overview of regional hazmat response teams in Alaska
Spill Response May
2002
Alaska Incident Management System (AIMS) (PDF 2.25M)
Guide for Oil and Hazardous Substance Response cooperatively developed by industry, spill coops, Federal and State agencies
Spill Response November
2002
Disposal of Polluted Soil
Link to the DEC Solid Waste Program which provides guidance on the procedures for gaining approval to dispose of different types of polluted soil at Class I, II or III landfills
Spill Response September
2016
Secondary Containment Requirements At Tank Truck and Rail Car Loading and Unloading Areas (PDF 205K)
Guidance document designating locations and situations where secondary containment regulations are applicable to regulated oil industry operators
Aboveground
Storage Tanks
August
2004
Shop-fabricated Aboveground Oil Storage Tank Capacity Limit Guidance (PDF 1.7M)
This guidance provides clarification of the prevention measure requirements that apply to shop-fabricated aboveground oil storage tanks under 18 AAC 75.065 and 18 AAC 75.066 that were placed into service when the requirements went into effect, after December 30, 2008
Aboveground
Storage Tanks
May
2017
Plan Review Guidance Document (PDF)Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan Application Package and Review Guidance Document Contingency
Plans
December
2016 
Skimmer System Derating for Contingency Planning: A Guide for Plan Holders (PDF 65K)
Outlines the process for a plan holder to request approval of a higher recovery rate for a skimming system
Contingency
Plans
August
2020
Southeast Alaska Vessel Traffic Risk Analysis (PDF 42M)
Assesses the potential risk of an oil spill from commercial vessel traffic.
Spill Response October 2019
Field Sampling Guidelines (PDF 2.0M)
This guidance document provides field methods and equipment options for sample collection at contaminated sites and leaking storage tank sites and supplements sampling procedures currently found in the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Procedures Manual, which is adopted by reference in the 18 AAC 78 regulations.
Spill Response October
2019

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