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After many months of hard work, effective Friday, September 14, 2018, the single Alaska Regional Contingency Plan and four Area Contingency Plans have replaced the old Unified Plan and 10 subarea contingency plans. The four new Area Contingency Plans combine several of the previous subareas and include all of the information previously housed in those subarea plans. The content in the government plans has been repackaged into the new plan structure, but there is no new or removed content as a result of this revision. Operational and planning areas for individual operations may extend into more than one Area Plan. More information about this change, including a map of the new Areas and the newly adopted regional and area contingency plans, is available: Oil and Hazardous Substance Response Plans.
Updating and improving the content of the four new Area Contingency Plans is now the responsibility of the Area Committees, co-chaired by the State On-Scene Coordinator(s) (ADEC) and the Federal On-Scene Coordinator (USCG or EPA) for the area. The Area Committees welcome and encourage the active participation of industry, local governments, and stakeholders in the government planning process. (Please see "ARRT Meetings" tab for additional information on upcoming ARRT and Area Committee Meetings)
Please note that ADEC shall maintain access to the superseded Unified Plan and subarea contingency plans until August 2019 to assure access to response information during this transition period. The superseded plans are available for reference here: Oil and Hazardous Substance Response Plans - Superseded Plans.
The new planning framework for Alaska for response to oil spill and hazardous materials releases aligns with the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (National Contingency Plan ) and the National Response Framework.
The primary respository of these plans is on the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, website at listed: http://dec.alaska.gov/spar/ppr/contingency-plans/response-plans. The Regional Contingency Plan and three coastal zone Area Contingency Plans plans are also available on the U.S. Coast Guard Homeport, in accordance with USCG regulation.