Application for Recertification of Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 247 (Thursday, December 26, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 247 (Thursday, December 26, 2019)]
[Pages 70983-70984]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2019-27772]
Coast Guard
[Docket Number USCG-2019-0946]
Application for Recertification of Prince William Sound Regional
Citizens' Advisory Council
AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
ACTION: Notice; request for comments.
SUMMARY: The Coast Guard announces the availability of, and seeks
comments on, the recertification of the Prince William Sound Regional
Citizen's Advisory Council (PWSRCAC) for March 2, 2020 through February
28, 2021. Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), the Coast Guard
may certify the PWSRCAC on an annual basis. This advisory group
monitors the activities of terminal facilities and crude oil tankers
under the Prince William Sound program established by the statute. The
Coast Guard may certify an alternative voluntary advisory group in lieu
of the PWSRCAC. The current certification for the PWSRCAC will expire
March 1, 2020.
DATES: Public comments on PWSRCAC's recertification application must
reach the Seventeenth Coast Guard District on or before February 10,
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-
2019-0946 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at See the ``Public Participation and Request for
Comments'' portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for further
instructions on submitting comments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this
recertification, call or email LT Ian McPhillips, Seventeenth Coast
Guard District (dpi); telephone (907) 463-2809; email
[email protected]. If you have questions on viewing or
submitting material to the docket, contact the U. S. Coast Guard
Headquarters, Regulations and Administrative Law office, telephone
(202) 372-3862.
I. Public Participation and Request for Comments
    We view public participation as essential to effective rulemaking,
and will consider all comments and material received during the comment
period. Your comment can help shape the outcome of this rulemaking. If
you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this
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indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment
applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation.
    We encourage you to submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking
Portal at If your material cannot be
submitted using, contact the person in the
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document for alternate
    We accept anonymous comments. All comments received will be posted
without change to and will include any
personal information you have provided. For more about privacy and the
docket, you may review a Privacy Act notice regarding the Federal
Docket Management System in the March 24, 2005, issue of the Federal
Register (70 FR 15086).
    Documents mentioned in this notice as being available in the
docket, and all public comments, will be in our online docket at and can be viewed by following that website's
instructions. Additionally, if you go to the online docket and sign up
for email alerts, you will be notified when comments are posted or a
final rule is published.
II. Privacy Act
    Anyone can search the electronic form of comments received into any
of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or
signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association,
business, labor union, etc.). You may review a Privacy Act notice
regarding our public dockets in the January 17, 2008, issue of the
Federal Register (73 FR 3316).
III. Public Meeting
    The Coast Guard does not plan to hold a public meeting. But you may
submit a request for one on or before February 10, 2020 using the
method specified under ADDRESSES. Please explain why you believe a
public meeting would be beneficial. If we determine that one would aid
the process of thoroughly considering the application for
recertification, we will hold one at a time and place announced by a
later notice in the Federal Register.
IV. Background and Purpose
    The Coast Guard published guidelines on December 31, 1992 (57 FR
62600), to assist groups seeking recertification under the Oil Terminal
and Oil Tanker Environmental Oversight and Monitoring Act of 1990 (33
U.S.C. 2732) (the Act). The Coast Guard issued a policy statement on
July 7, 1993 (58 FR 36504), to clarify the factors that the Coast Guard
would be considering in making its determination as to whether advisory
groups should be certified in accordance with the Act, and the
procedures which the Coast Guard would follow in meeting its
certification responsibilities under the Act. Most recently, on
September 16, 2002 (67 FR 58440), the Coast Guard changed its policy on
recertification procedures for regional citizen's advisory council by
requiring applicants to provide comprehensive information every three
years. For the two years in between, applicants only submit information
describing substantive changes to the information provided at the last
triennial recertification. This is the year in this triennial cycle
that PWSRCAC must provide comprehensive information.
    The Coast Guard is accepting comments concerning the
recertification of PWSRCAC. At the conclusion of the comment period on
February 10, 2020, the Coast Guard will review all application
materials and comments received and will take one of the following
    (a) Recertify the advisory group under 33 U.S.C. 2732(o);
    (b) Issue a conditional recertification for a period of 90 days,
with a statement of any discrepancies, which must be corrected to
qualify for recertification for the remainder of the year; or
    (c) Deny recertification of the advisory group if the Coast Guard
finds that the group is not broadly representative of the interests and
communities in the area or is not adequately fostering the goals and
purposes of 33 U.S.C. 2732.
    The Coast Guard will notify PWSRCAC by letter of the action taken
on its application. A notice will be published in the Federal Register
to advise the public of the Coast Guard's determination.
    Dated: December 18, 2019.
Melissa L. Rivera,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Commander, Seventeenth Coast Guard
[FR Doc. 2019-27772 Filed 12-23-19; 8:45 am]