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Alaska Outrage Over Federal Agency Oil Spill Response Plans
Alaska Change Oil Spill Response Alliance Protests EPA and Coast Guard Plans to Pre Authorize Chemical Dispersant Use in Alaskan Waters.
The Alaska Inter-Tribal Council and the Change Oil Spill Response Global Alliance-Alaska Delegation who attended the meeting, say Tribal Nations, fisherman and concerned citizens vehemently oppose the plan because it erodes the regulatory power of the Clean Water Act.
“We do not understand why non-toxic alternatives we have repeatedly presented to replace these harmful chemicals have been ignored despite more than 200 pages of evidence of a better way to deal with spills. We suspect that the drive for preauthorization of dispersants is an industry preference, not a science based preference.”
The Alliance members are protesting the meeting process saying it is a means for disseminating mis-information to quiet public concerns over the use of chemical dispersants for the remediation of oil spills. The group says that the classification of preauthorization is the same as issuing the Coast Guard a license to ‘poison Alaskan waters’.
The Alaska Regional Response Team (ARRT) a federal inter-agency body tasked with formulating response plans to oil-and-hazardous substance discharges in Alaska, plan to hold remaining workshops next week in Kodiak, Valdez and Dutch Harbor to hear further public comment and engage with Tribal Governments on the proposed chemical dispersant preauthorization plan.
In a widely distributed Public Notification (http://protectmarinelifenow.org/
The ARRT’s ‘questionable Tribal Consultation process’, that began on Nov 13, “is a misuse of public funds to force through approval of the Coast Guard’s dispersant-use-
More Information can be found at the Change Oil Spill Response Global Alliance Alaska Delegation Webpage.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
NIKOS PASTOS: 1-406-459-1829 OR
CARL WASSILE: 907-382-3403
Diane Wagenbrenner, VP Public Information