Governor Sean Parnell signed a bill Thursday limiting cruise-ship wastewater restrictions.
House Bill 80 turned back a provision of the Cruise Ship Initiative, passed by voters in 2006. The provision would have required ships to meet much higher standards, starting in 2015.
The new law says pollutants can be measured in mixing zones, which allow dilution. The initiative required it to be measured at the point of discharge.
Parnell asked for the bill to be introduced. It took effect today.
Press Secretary Sharon Leighow says the governor signed the bill in his office without ceremony.
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