PWSRCAC applies for recertification

Officials of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council have submitted their application to the U.S. Coast Guard for recertification as the alternative voluntary advisory group to represent the best interests of the region.

PWSRCA is authorized under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to serve in the broad role of representing Prince William Sound communities and interests as environed under OPA 90.

The recertification application is currently available for public review on the PWSRCAC website and comments are being accepted through Feb. 10.

For a printed copy, contact the PWSRCAC at 907-277-7222, toll-free at 800-478-7221, or email

Comments on the reauthorization application should be sent to Lt. Ian McPhillips at or to Commander, 17th Cost Guard District (dpi), PO Box 25571, Juneau, AK 99802; Attn. Lt. Ian McPhillips, Inspections & Investigations.

Comments should be referenced in the subject line as “PWSRCAC Recertification Docket USCG-2019-0946.”

PWSRCAC, with offices in Anchorage and Valdez, is an independent non-profit corporation whose mission is to promote environmentally safe operation of the Valdez Marine Terminal and the oil tankers that use it.

The council’s work is guided by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and its contract with Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. The council represents 18 member organizations in the Prince William Sound region who were impacted by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster, along with aquaculture, commercial fishing, environmental, Native, recreation and tourism groups.