STP1018

    Oil Dispersant Guidelines: Alaska

    Published: Jan 1989


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    Abstract

    The Alaska Regional Response Team (RRT) is in the process of developing preconsultation and preapproval plans allowing for the limited use of dispersants on oil spills in Alaskan marine waters. “General Alaska Dispersant Use Criteria” briefly reviews the present data base for oil dispersing chemicals and establishes a three-part classification system for the use of dispersants in Alaskan coastal waters. This system is being applied to Alaskan areas in a site- and resource-specific manner. The general criteria and the application of the classification system to Cook Inlet have been subjected to public comment from the oil and fishing industry, approved by the RRT, subjected to public comment from the oil and fishing industry, approved by the RRT, and incorporated into the Alaska Regional Contingency Plan. At present, this classification system is being used to develop dispersant use guidelines for Prince William Sound, a much different regime, both physically and biologically, from Cook Inlet.

    Keywords:

    Alaska, dispersant use, oil spills, Alaska Regional Response Team, classification system


    Author Information:

    Manen, C-A
    Environmental toxicologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service, Rockville, MD

    Members of the Alaska Regional Response Team Dispersant Functional Working Group,

    O'Brien, PS
    Manager, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Juneau, AK

    Members of the Alaska Regional Response Team Dispersant Functional Working Group,

    Hahn, B
    Habitat biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Anchorage, AK

    Members of the Alaska Regional Response Team Dispersant Functional Working Group,

    Metsker, H
    Wildlife biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK

    Members of the Alaska Regional Response Team Dispersant Functional Working Group,

    Fox, LB
    Acting Alaska scientific support coordinator (SSC); coastal resource coordinator, NOAA/Hazardous Materials Response Branch, Seattle, WA

    Members of the Alaska Regional Response Team Dispersant Functional Working Group,

    Kennedy, D
    Scientific support coordinator, Applied Environmental Services, Friday Harbor, WA

    Members of the Alaska Regional Response Team Dispersant Functional Working Group,

    Getter, C
    NOAA/Hazardous Materials Response Branch, Seattle, WA

    Tomich, L
    Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency, Anchorage, AK

    Members of the Alaska Regional Response Team Dispersant Functional Working Group,

    Conway, M
    LCDR, U.S. Coast Guard, Juneau, AK

    Members of the Alaska Regional Response Team Dispersant Functional Working Group,

    Whitney, J
    Alaska scientific support coordinator, NOAA/Hazardous Materials Response Branch, Anchorage, AK

    Members of the Alaska Regional Response Team Dispersant Functional Working Group,

    Harris, L
    Editor, NOAA/Hazardous Materials Response Branch, Seattle, WA


    Paper ID: STP18658S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F20.18

    DOI: 10.1520/STP18658S


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