DEC to help cruise lines comply with wastewater rules

Posted: Friday, February 13, 2009

JUNEAU - Cruise lines say they haven't found any existing technologies that will allow them to comply with strict new wastewater rules, so state regulators are now helping them look.

At Centennial Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 18, Oasis Environmental - a contractor for the Department of Environmental Conservation - will present its draft findings of wastewater filtration and treatment technologies that might work, and whether they'll be feasible for ships to add.

Vendors, regulators and cruise lines will spend the day discussing the technologies.

The cruise ships are having trouble meeting Alaska water quality standards at the end of the waste pipe for ammonia and certain metals.

Right now, they're allowed slightly relaxed interim standards, but stricter, voter-mandated ones are scheduled to be in place by 2010.

The public is invited to a workshop afterward that summarizes the daylong tech session, 6-8 p.m.

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