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State report says cruise ship rules working

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2002

(Anchorage-AP) -- A new state report says tougher regulations on cruise ship pollution are protecting the environment.

The new regulations on waste discharges from the ships were adopted in July 2001.

The report was released yesterday (Tuesday) by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

It found that newly installed waste treatment systems installed on ships are filtering out much of the bacteria and other pollutants generated by the ships. The scientists said Alaska's marine environment is protected by the new regulations.

D-E-C officials say the report is the result of more than a year of study by independent scientists from Alaska, Canada and several other western states.



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