Coast Guard Warns Tankers on Spill Response

The Coast Guard says it's taking an aggressive approach to enforcing spill response plans on oil tankers operating in western Alaska waters.

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by Associated Press

KODIAK- The Coast Guard says it's taking an aggressive approach to enforcing spill response plans on oil tankers operating in western Alaska waters.

The agency's assistant chief of inspections for western Alaska, Lt. Ryan Butler, says the Coast Guard has issued 17 warning letters to tankers with inadequate spill plans.
The agency as of Tuesday had also issued two notices of warning, the first step toward fining a ship.
The Coast Guard can fine a ship up to $11,000 per day for operating without an appropriate plan.
The agency says western Alaska lacks facilities to stage spill response equipment and regulations approved last year by the Alaska Maritime Planning and Response Network were meant to help ships meet spill response standards.