After carrying out Marine Safety Task Force missions in late August, crew members from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Sector Anchorage returned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Tuesday, Aug. 30.
During their missions out of Bethel, Alaska from Aug. 22-30, six Coast Guard marine inspectors and two Environmental Protection Agency inspectors went to 20 communities and looked into about 50 bulk fuel storage facilities. They also conducted an unannounced exercise at Crowley Fuels in Bethel Aug. 25, according to the USCG.
They visited with facility operators and managers in Akiachak, Bethel, Chefornak, Chevak, Eek, Goodnews Bay, Kasigluk, Marshall, Mekoryuk, Mountain Village, Napakiak, Newtok, Nunapitchuk, Oscarville, Pilot Station, Quinhagak, Russian Mission, Sleetmute, St. Mary’s and Toksook Bay.
“Thanks to support from both the Civil Air Patrol and Alaska Army National Guard, we were able to travel to 20 communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and surrounding area,” Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Holman said. “Being able to visit these communities and discuss with facility operators ways of attaining federal compliance greatly enhances our ability to protect both the people who live there and the maritime environments they rely on for subsistence.”