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Who Prepared the EIS

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), with the assistance of Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne), prepared the TAPS Renewal EIS.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Joint Pipeline Office (JPO), Anchorage, Alaska, prepared the Renewal EIS. Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne), Argonne, Illinois, assisted the BLM-JPO.

Joint Pipeline Office

The BLM and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources lead the right-of-way renewal process. A special team of JPO staff was dedicated to the renewal process. The Joint Pipeline Office consists of Federal and State agencies that authorize and oversee pipelines, including TAPS, on federal and state lands in Alaska. The JPO office was established in 1990 in response to the need for a comprehensive approach to monitoring and regulating the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.

Roles of JPO and ANL

The JPO, with the assistance of Argonne, reviewed the application, the environmental report, and other information, and conducted an independent assessment of the potential environmental consequences of 30 years continued operation of the pipeline. JPO and ANL staff also examined alternatives to renewing the Federal Grant.

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