Scholarship applications now open

CIRCAC is now accepting applications from qualified Cook Inlet students for our next round of $2,500 scholarships offerings. Since 2014, CIRCAC has awarded 12 deserving students scholarships to further their careers in environmental sciences or maritime and technical studies. The CIRCAC/James Carter Memorial Scholarship is offered for Environmental Sciences, in honor of the late James Carter and » Learn More

CIRCAC Announces Personnel Changes

As we near the end of 2020, CIRCAC administrative staff are taking on some new roles. Our current Administrative Assistant, Maddie Jamora, will be moving into her new position as Director of Administration. Jerry Rombach, our Director since 2011, will move into a part-time role focusing on special projects come the new year.

Barge grounding shows importance of response coordination

Maintaining safety and preparedness in Cook Inlet takes vigilance and, more importantly, communication. The recent grounding of CISPRI Barge 141 demonstrates the quality of that communication in Cook Inlet between partners in industry, government and public stakeholders.

ADEC regulatory review schedule pushed back

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is still working through a regulatory review of the state’s oil spill prevention and response laws. The department announced the review in December of 2019, citing a perceived burden to industry. ADEC Program Manager Graham Wood told us at the most recent council meeting in August that the timeline » Learn More

CIRCAC granted federal recertification

On August 28th, we were notified that the U.S. Coast Guard had approved CIRCAC’s application for recertification. This triennial recertification required a public comment period, for which dozens of comments supporting CIRCAC were submitted from industry and regulatory partners, municipalities and a variety of regional interest groups. CIRCAC’s record for recertification from the USCG remains » Learn More

CIRCAC welcomes USCG Capt. Leanne Lusk to new post

A change of command ceremony was held in Anchorage July 15th, where Capt. Sean MacKenzie was relieved by Capt. Leanne Lusk of command of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage.

Committee Chairs, Vice-Chairs elected

A big part of conducting regular Council business, even in times that are anything but regular, is committee elections. This month, elections were held for the PROPS and Protocol committees. Choosing experienced, qualified committee leadership is an invaluable part of the continued success of CIRCAC.

GRID system development continues

Like everyone, the Corona virus pandemic has forced us to cancel certain plans this summer. Regular response training drills with our industry and state partners have been postponed. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t still sharpening the tools that would be deployed in the event of an incident in Cook Inlet.

Former Director James Showalter passes

We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Jim Showalter, a longtime supporter of CIRCAC, on May 22, 2020. A lifelong Kenai resident, Jim brought a unique and welcome perspective to our organization for more than a decade. He was first elected to the CIRCAC Board of Directors in 2002, as a representative » Learn More

Recertification application open for comments

Each year, CIRCAC undergoes a formal review for recertification by the U.S. Coast Guard. The review ensures we’re meeting our obligations under OPA 90 and properly serving the communities in which we work. This year, the U.S. Coast Guard will conduct its triennial review; a more in depth accounting of CIRCAC’s work and process in » Learn More