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.
- Last week, the cruise ship Crystal Serenity sailed into Nome and 850 of the cruise ship’s passengers were ferried in from the offshore vessel and took the day to tour the city, but some business owners say their expectations for hypothetical increase in profits for the day weren’t met.
- New signage is being installed at Foodland IGA in downtown Juneau. Store director Rick Wilson anticipates the work will be done Tuesday afternoon.
- The city of Sitka announced Monday, Aug. 29, that the Gavan Hill area, including Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, may be at risk for landslides. Shannon & Wilson, a Seattle-based geotechnical firm, identified the landslide hazard zones during an assessment of the area.
- As of Monday, the Ketchikan Youth Facility slated for closure had seven kids in it and the Johnson Youth Center had four.