>U.S., Canadian Coast Guards multi-national oil spill tabletop exercise in Anchorage begins

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Representatives from the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards, Arctic region stakeholders and established responders are scheduled to hold a joint “Canada – United States North” (CANUS North) tabletop exercise March 16 and 17 at the Captaon Cook Hotel in Anchorage.

This biennial exercise provides and opportunity for all responders to work together to consult on local issues and improve the communications and coordination for potential responses to pollution incidents in the contiguous waters of the Arctic Ocean and Beaufort Sea.

Over thirty response organizations and regional stakeholders were invited to participate. They included the Canadian Coast Guard, Environment Canada, U.S 17th Coast Guard District, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and others.

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