Notice of Applicant Review of an Alaska Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Proposed Final Individual Permit to Discharge to Waters of the U.S. - Vigor Alaska LLC - Ketchikan Shipyard

Following the close of a 30-days public notice and review period, DEC has prepared a proposed final APDES individual permit AK0045675 -Vigor Alaska LLC, Ketchikan Shipyard (permit). Prior to making the final decision to issue the permit, DEC invites you to view the proposed final permit and associated documents. You can access the proposed final permit and associated documents at the DEC WDAP website at: 

Alaska DEC Contact:          
Jim Heumann
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Water - Wastewater Discharge Authorization Program
555 Cordova St.
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907-465-5171

Proposed Final Permit Review:

Start Date:     January 11, 2018
End Date:      January 19, 2018, 5:00 pm Alaska Standard Time
Permit No.:   

Vigor Alaska LLC
Ketchikan Shipyard
3801 Tongass Avenue
P.O. Box 9470
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901

Proposed Permit Coverage:
Vigor Alaska LLC operates the Ketchikan Shipyard facility in Ketchikan, Alaska. The facility conducts ship repairs on land and within two floating drydocks. In addition the shipyard fabricates new marine vessels such as ocean going ferries, tug boats, and barges. Repair operations at the facility include inspection and repair of interior machinery, tanks, and metal sub-structures, as well as blasting and painting exterior hulls and superstructures.

The proposed Permit reissuance will provide continued coverage for the following wastewater discharges to Tongass Narrows:

Outfall 001A - Deck Wastewater: Includes high pressure wash water originating from vessel maintenance and construction activities, water collected from upland work areas, contact stormwater, pretreated bilge water, contaminated vessel ballast water, and other waste sources generated in vessel maintenance and construction activities.

Outfalls 002A and 002B Ballast Water: Includes uncontaminated vessel ballast from Drydocks 1 and 2.

Outfalls 003A and 003B - Floodwater: Includes receiving water that comes in contact with potential contaminants on the drydock work surfaces during the submergence of Drydocks 1 and 2.

The reissued Permit will authorizes acute and chronic mixing zones for the parameters copper and zinc in the Outfall 001 discharge.

DEC proposes to reissue the above listed permit.

Public Comments:
Comments from the general public were accepted during the Public Notice period from November 30, 2017 through January 5, 2018 and will not be accepted during this review period.

Deadline for Written Applicant Review Comments:
The deadline for proposed final permit review comments by the applicant is:
January 19, 2018, 5:00 pm Alaska Standard Time.

Administrative Record:
The APDES Proposed Final Permit, Fact Sheet and associated documents are available for public review at the DEC offices located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Wasilla, and Soldotna. Please contact the office of your choice to arrange for hard copies of the documents to be available for your review.

ADEC – Division of Water - Wastewater Discharge Authorization Program

555 Cordova Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 269-6285

410 Willoughby Avenue, Suite 310
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 465-5180


43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road
Soldotna, AK 99615

If you would like further information or to see any additional supporting technical documents, contact the permit writer at the address shown on page 1.

The documents are also accessible from the DEC website at:

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Disability Reasonable Accommodation Notice
The State of Alaska, Department of Environmental Conservation complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you are a person with a disability who may need a special accommodation in order to participate in this public process, please contact Natalie Wolfe at (907) 269-0291 or TDD Relay Service 1-800-770-8973/TTY or dial 711 within five-days of publication of this notice to ensure that any necessary accommodations can be provided.

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Department: Environmental Conservation
Category: Public Notices
Location(s): Statewide
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Publish Date: 1/11/2018
Archive Date: 1/20/2018