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State seeks experts for cruise ship science advisory panel

Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010

JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking applicants to fill a non-governmental organization (NGO) seat on its cruise ship wastewater science panel.

The 11-member volunteer panel will look at wastewater technologies and evaluate associated installation issues.

The science advisory panel is being constituted as required by House Bill 134, which became law last year.

The NGO seat, as outlined by the legislation, requires a participant with an interest in water quality matters, as well as expertise in the design and function of wastewater systems.

"Having a panel member associated with an NGO is important to this process because this better assures the panel will explore all feasible options for reducing wastewater pollution in our waters," DEC Commissioner Larry Hartig said.

The panel will evaluate the quality of wastewater effluent produced by cruise ships. It will also explore treatment technologies used on board ships and at on-shore facilities as well as technologies under development. It will estimate the environmental benefits, economic feasibility, and time required to develop and implement new technologies.

Nine panel members have already been appointed.

DEC will hold its first cruise ship wastewater science panel meeting Feb. 1 to cover goals, milestones and a general schedule.

Science panel meetings will be open to the public.

For more information on the Cruise Ship Program and on the science advisory panel including panelist bios, visit www.dec.state.ak.us/water/cruise_ships/index.htm.



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