Notice of Proposed Issuance of an Alaska Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (APDES) General Permit to Discharge to Waters of the United States - Oil and Gas Exploration, Development adn Production in State Waters in Cook Inlet

A Draft Permit, Fact Sheet and associated documents are available for review. For inquiries or to request copies of documents, contact:

DEC Contact:
Gerry R. Brown, PE
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Water - Wastewater Discharge Authorization Program
555 Cordova St.
Anchorage, AK 99501

Draft Permit Public Notice Period:
Public Notice Start Date: February 19, 2019
Public Notice Expiration Date: May 22, 2019, 5:00 pm Alaska Daylight Time

Permit Number:      

Permit Name:          
Oil and Gas Exploration, Development, and Production in State Waters in Cook Inlet (Cook Inlet General Permit)

Proposed Permit Coverage:
The Cook Inlet General Permit proposes to authorize certain discharges associated with oil and gas exploration, development, and production into specific areas of Cook Inlet. The Permit will cover state waters in Cook Inlet, including the coastal waters within the baseline north of the southern tip of Kalgin Island and landward of the 3 nautical mile demarcation of the territorial sea. The Permit replaces the expired 2007 general permit AKG315000 for discharges to state waters. Drilling fluids and drill cuttings associated with geotechnical surveys and horizontal directional drilling to support subsea pipeline construction are also covered under the Permit. The Permit would also authorize mixing zones for certain discharges. The Permit and Fact Sheet provide details regarding the pollutants of concern, mixing zones (where applicable), and specific monitoring requirements for each discharge.

Tentative Determination:
DEC has tentatively determined to reissue the Cook Inlet General Permit

DEC will hold three information meetings with hearings immediately following at the following dates, times, and locations:

Informational Meetings and Public Hearings

March 26, 2019

Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
Islands & Ocean Visitor Center Auditorium
95 Sterling Highway, Suite 1
Homer, AK 99603
Information Meeting: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Hearing: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

In the event that the Federal government is shut down on this date, this meeting and hearing will be held on the same day and times at:

Bidarka Inn
575 Sterling Highway
Homer, AK 99603

March 27, 2019

Kenai Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
11471 Kenai Spur Highway
Kenai, AK 99611
Information Meeting: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Hearing: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

March 28, 2019

Z. J. Loussac Public Library
Wilda Marston Theatre
3600 Denali Street
Anchorage, AK 99503
Information Meeting: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Hearing: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Teleconference Line: (800) 315-6338 Access Code 52531

Public Comments:
Written comments on the APDES draft permit must be submitted prior to the deadline of the 90-day public notice period. Please direct written comments and requests to the attention of the permit writer at the address or email shown on page 1. All comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the commenter and a concise statement of comment on the permit condition(s) and the relevant facts upon which the comment is based. Comments of either support or concern that are directed at specific, cited permit requirements are appreciated. Mailed comments and requests must be postmarked on or before the expiration date of the public notice.

DEC will consider all substantive comments when making the final decision, and will respond to comments received in a Response to Comments document issued when DEC issues a final permit. The Response to Comments will be made available to the public.

DEC will transmit the final Permit, Fact Sheet (amended as appropriate), and Response to Comments to anyone who provided comments during the public review period or requested to be notified of DEC final decision.

May 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time

Administrative Record:
The APDES Draft Permit, Fact Sheet, permit application, 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.

555 Cordova Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

610 University Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99709

410 Willoughby Ave #303
Juneau, AK 99811

43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road
Suite #11
Soldotna, AK 99669

1700 E Bogard Road
Building B, Suite #103
Wasilla, AK 99654

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

To receive email notifications about the APDES Program, including when permits are available to review, follow the link below to join the APDES email list. 

Disability Reasonable Accommodation Notice:
The State of Alaska, DEC 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 Theresa Zimmerman at (907) 465-6171 or TDD Relay Service 1-800-770-8973/TTY or dial 711 within 90 days of publication of this notice to ensure that any necessary accommodations can be provided.

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Created 2/19/2019 2:18:52 PM by cfishwick


Department: Environmental Conservation
Category: Public Notices
Location(s): Statewide
Project/Regulation #:
Publish Date: 2/19/2019
Archive Date: 5/23/2019
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