KENAI (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has recertified the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council, allowing the watchdog group to continue monitoring environmental effects of the oil industry.
The approval went smoothly, in contrast to two years ago when the Homer-based environmental group Cook Inlet Keeper challenged the recertification and the Coast Guard recommended an audit of CIRCAC's internal policy controls.
CIRCAC spokesman Joe Gallagher said this year there was no problem at all. The new certification will remain in effect through Aug. 31.
CIRCAC was formed in 1991 under the federal Oil Pollution Act of 1990, set in place after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. The U.S. Coast Guard oversees its activities in an annual certification review.
CIRCAC's formal mission is to ensure the safe operations of the oil industry in Cook Inlet to minimize the industry's environmental impacts.
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