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Alaska Chadux̂ Network, Integrity Environmental Join Forces

Jan 16, 2024 | Environmental, News

Shannon Oelkers, owner and principal consultant at Integrity Environmental, and Buddy Custard, president and CEO of Alaska Chadux̂ Network, stand together at Alaska Chadux̂ Network’s training facility to announce their formal collaboration.

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Alaska Chadux̂ Network is strengthening its client services through the help of a growing partnership. The Alaska Chadux̂ Network and Integrity Environmental are officially partnering to facilitate oil spill exercises, as well as provide site characterization services in the event of a spill.

Teaming Up to Meet New Requirements

“We are excited about our new alliance with Integrity Environmental,” says Buddy Custard, president and CEO of Alaska Chadux̂ Network. “This partnership will better serve the petroleum storage and handling industry operating in Alaska in meeting their oil spill prevention and response compliance requirements.”

Integrity will ensure individual and regional spill exercises meet the rigorous requirements of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) 18 AAC 75.485 requirements, relating to oil discharge exercises, are met and documented during regional and individual drill exercises.

In January 2023, the lieutenant governor’s office filed revisions to the state’s administrative codes regarding oil spill prevention and contingency plans, after a three-year effort to streamline and clarify regulations. The new regulations went into effect February 2023.

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“ADEC’s worst-case drill scenario now requires a nine-month planning process, an in-person incident management team (IMT), equipment deployment, facilitation, and documentation,” says Shannon Oelkers, owner and principal consultant of Integrity Environmental. “Utilizing our combined experience and staffing, Integrity and Alaska Chadux̂ Network will be able to meet these extensive requirements for full-scale combined incident management teams to better serve our clients.”

The collaboration between Alaska Chadux̂ Network and Integrity Environmental will ensure state and federal stakeholders and Alaska Chadux̂ Network clients have the information they need to make critical decisions about future site remediation.

Integrity Environmental

Alaska Chadux̂ Network is an industry-funded nonprofit organization with a thirty-year history in Alaska. It provides federal and state oil spill compliance preparedness and response services for regulated petroleum facilities and vessels operators throughout Western and Northern Alaska, Prince William Sound, and Interior Alaska. Integrity Environmental is an Eagle River-based environmental consulting firm specializing in planning, permitting, and state and Federal compliance for bulk fuel storage. While Integrity Environmental is based in Alaska, its clients include bulk fuel storage facilities, fish processing plants, and utility generator plants throughout the United States.

Integrity Environmental will partner with Alaska Chadux̂ Network operations staff to provide accurate initial site characterization services under the guidance of a Qualified Environmental Professional. Alaska Chadux̂ Network and Integrity Environmental will ensure clients, along with state and federal stakeholders, have the information they need to make critical decisions about future site remediation.

This collaboration will allow for specific methods to reduce and sort potentially contaminated soil volumes and ensure that acquired analytical samples follow ADEC regulations and guidance documents. Accurate site characterization will equip Chadux̂ clients who use this service with the data needed to respond to state and federal inquiries and the background data to pursue full site remediation in the future.

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