House slated to take up cruise ship bill

Feb 04, 2013 -- 10:05am


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska House could vote as early as Monday on a bill that would change how the state regulates wastewater from cruise ships. Critics say HB80 would reduce protections set out in a 2006 citizen initiative that required cruise ships to meet state water quality standards when dumping wastewater. Gov. Sean Parnell's Environmental Conservation commissioner has said the measure would align rules for cruise ships with those for others that get discharge permits from the agency. HB80 would require that cruise ships discharge wastewater in a manner consistent with applicable state or federal law. It would strike the more stringent requirement that discharges meet state water quality standards at the point of discharge. It also would allow authorization of mixing zones if ships meet certain standards for treatment of discharge. 

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