Cruise industry says it can't meet standards

Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2008

KETCHIKAN - Alaska's cruise industry said it can't meet certain wastewater discharge standards set by a new state permit.

John Binkley, president of the Alaska Cruise Association, said cruise lines are being singled out and the standards are unattainable.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation last month issued the wastewater discharge permit in response to a 2006 ballot initiative.

Gershon Cohen, a co-sponsor of the Citizen's Cruise Ship Initiative, said the industry can do better. But he said it hasn't done anything to improve its wastewater treatment in the two years since voters approved the initiative.

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