Coast Guard conducts bulk oil facility inspections in Northern Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska NewsANCHORAGE, Alaska — Coast Guard inspectors from Sector Anchorage conducted bulk oil facility inspections in Nome and five northern villages Aug. 27 – Sep. 2.

The week-long inspections to 20 bulk oil facilities included site visits to Nome and the five remote villages of Brevig Mission, Wales, Golovin, Elim and Koyuk. Personnel from Sector Anchorage are working with facilities where deficiencies were discovered to make corrections and to ensure they comply with federal regulations.

While in Nome the inspectors also conducted a government-initiated, unannounced exercise, at the Bonanza Fuel Inc. facility. The exercise, which was conducted in accordance with the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program guidelines, was designed to test the facilities oil pollution response plan and their capabilities to respond.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage is responsible for ensuring the 450 maritime facilities throughout North, Western and South Central Alaska meet federal guidelines. Inspectors deploy throughout the state year-around to work with the facilities and confirm they meeting these standards. All facilities which are capable of transferring oil or hazardous materials, in bulk, to or from a vessel, where the vessel has a total capacity of 250 barrels or more are subject to Coast Guard inspections.

“We work daily with our federal, state and local partners to ensure Alaskans are prepared to respond to an event at their facility and that they are meeting the federal standards,” said Capt. Paul Mehler III, Sector Anchorage commander and captain of the port for Western Alaska. “These inspections are an integral part of our safety and security measures throughout Alaska.”

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