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Press Release | May 1, 2023

Public invited to attend Arctic and Western Alaska Area Committee meeting Tuesday

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Members of government, private, and not-for-profit organizations involved in or concerned about pollution preparedness and response in the Arctic and Western Alaska are encouraged to attend the Arctic and Western Alaska Area Committee meeting Tuesday at the UAA Gorsuch Commons in Anchorage.

The public is also invited to attend either in person, virtually or over the phone. Those wishing to attend much register at Arctic and Western Alaska Area Committee Meeting (

Area Committees are the venue for public input on all relevant processes and scientific issues related to oil and hazardous substance spill prevention, preparedness, planning and response. Area Committees manage and continuously improve upon the Area Contingency Plan, and provide a platform for consistent coordination among federal, state, tribal, and local emergency planners and responders.

WHO: Arctic and Western Alaska Area Committee

WHAT: Public meeting to discuss contingency plans for response to discharges of oil and releases of hazardous substances in the coastal zone of Arctic and Western Alaska and surrounding waters.

WHERE: UAA Gorsuch Commons, 3700 Sharon Gagnon Lane, Anchorage, AK 99508

WHEN: Tuesday, May 2, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

CONTACT: Lt. Cdr. Matthew Richards, Coast Guard Emergency Management, 907-428-4111

MEETING CALL-IN PHONE: 907-202-7104, 304251152# WEB CONFERENCE: Join a Microsoft Teams Meeting by ID | Microsoft Teams; Meeting ID: 295 647 178 226; Passcode: xYU7tS