Daily Sitka Sentinel Sept 8 1977

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at State Tanker Regulations Fall Short of Ily (1. MICHAEL HARMON Such requirements were list- them." oil spills, you find that human $6 million a year and $30 mil- spill direct access to an oper- Associated Press Writer cd as optional in the 1976 law Mueller says, however, that error is the main factor," lion total. ator ' s 'insurance company in JUNEAU (AP) -- In a major authorizing the safety regu- the state will continue to press Mueller says. "The safety The regulations also set up slate courts, policy decision, the state has lations, but Ihe stale could have Ihe federal government to equipment we made mandatory procedures for refunds to the Mueller says he decided against trying lo use attempted to mandate the fea- make such features mandatory is designed to reduce the industry with interest for any spill contingency one . i °i, oil terminal and tanker safety lures tlirough economic in- under tanker safety regulations chances of human error." portion of the fund which Is not Ihe most important In comments on the regu- appropriated each year by the ments under the regulations lo impose stale-of- centives and penalties. now under consideration by the fee schedule Carter administration. (he-art, technology on the in- But under the fee schedule Carter administration. lations, however, the oil in- Legislature. lations. dustry. built into the regulations Despite the state decision to dustry said sections aimed at The fund will be used to "Alyeska has contingency The regulations published through a so-called "certificate temper its regulations, the final .imposing safety standards on clean up oil spills, finance re- plans for its late last month by the Depart- of risk avoidance" formula, the product still is viewed as ex- tankers were "unconstitutional search and development in oil body's ever Environmental Con- difference in permit charges cessive by industry officials and should be eliminated." spill containment technology this for all vessels, Mueller after more than a for vessels without segregated who claim that the state has no The Coast Guard also said it and administer the program. says. "Now for Along with applications for all vessel operators an operating certificate, the quired to have formal · ' ' The regulations also ment of servalion year and a half of hearings and ballasts, inert gas systems and authority at all to'impose man- agreed that the state "is pre- debate impose sharp new safe- double hulls and those with the dates on tankers because the empted from imposing any ty mandates on terminal and features will be only about federal government has pre- equipment requirements of this regulations also require termin- ,, _ tanker operators, but are much $70,000. empted the field with laws and nature." al and tanker operators to dem- state the authority to conduct less tough than they could have "We could have constructed regulations of its own. Under the new regulations, onstrate proof of liability and tests to make sure been. the formula artifically and Oil industry officials are par- tanker and terminal operations submit oil discharage contin- have contingency plans that are They require tankers to be tried to force them, but we de- dcularly upset over one section will have to obtain one of the gency plans for state approval, workable." Under the financial responsibility responsibility section, operators must provide $20 million worth of c o v e r a g e per occurrence equipped with a long list of cided to evaluate the risk based of the tanker regulations which department's certificates of safety equipment, but stop on reality," says Environmen- will require tug escorts for the risk avoidance in order to oper- shorf of trying to'force the in- tal Conservation Commissioner dustry into limiting its Alaska Ernst Mueller. "There's no real fleet to vessels with segregated way to provide economic in- at Valdez. majority of vessels leaving the ate in Alaska waters. trans-Alaska pipeline terminal An accompanying fee ballasts, double hulls and bot- cenlives to the oil industry, for toms, and inert gas fire supres- doing these kinds of things sion systems. without really sticking it mula based on for- the degree of through regular"insurance, self- After Federal Ruling escorts for all loaded vessels of to 40,000 deadweight tons or more which do not have lateral thrusters, thrusters, cotrollable pitch propel- lors or astern horsepower equal to 40 per cent of shaft horsepower, horsepower, or redundant boilers or auxiliary propulsion machinery, The regulations mandate tug risk caused by individual ter- insurance, a surety bond or oth minals and tankers will be used to finance the state's Coastal er guarantee. In one precedent-setting pro- Protection Fund with max- vision, the regulations also give imum allowable collections of third parties harmed by an oil Sitka by the Stars Suit In Of Teacher ANCHORAGE suit filed against School District to suspension of a homosexual teacher has

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Daily Sitka Sentinel (Sitka, Alaska)08 Sep 1977, ThuPage 2
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