Cruise ship industry to monitor air quality

Posted: Friday, April 06, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- A cruise-ship industry group says it plans to spend more than $135,000 to monitor air quality in Southeast Alaska during the next six months.

John Hansen, president of the NorthWest CruiseShip Association, said the group signed a contract for the work. The deal includes an option to spend nearly $60,000 for an additional six months of work, he said.

Association members are cruise lines bringing the great majority of cruise ship visitors to Alaska.

Hansen said the contract with RTP Environmental Associates signifies the cruise industry's continuing efforts to cooperate with state and federal officials in improving its environmental performance. RTP is based in Boulder, Colorado.

Earlier this month, U.S. regulators said the cruise industry has made progress since the days of dumping untreated waste at sea, but noted that recent tests off Alaska show the industry still has a long way to go.

Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency said recent tests showed high contamination levels in water samples from cruise ships in Alaska waters.

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