New state regulations on cruise ship waste begin

Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- New state rules to regulate wastewater discharge from cruise ships and other passenger lines will be in place for this summer's cruise ship season.

State regulations on wastewater discharge went into effect on Friday, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The new rules will apply to cruise ships, state ferries and smaller passenger ships and will require operators to keep detailed records on wastewater emissions while in Alaska waters.

''Alaska is the first state to have such a comprehensive and aggressive cruise ship waste management program,'' said environmental conservation Commissioner Michele Brown.

The new rules also give state regulators access to vessels for the purposes of inspecting and monitoring waste treatment.

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