Knowles sets deadline for cruise lines

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2000

Gov. Tony Knowles has set Nov. 13 for cruise industry officials to meet in his Capitol office to discuss pollution problems with their ships.

Knowles wrote to top executives Friday, following up on his stern reprimand during a Sept. 14 news conference in Marine Park.

"Our agenda is simple: discuss and demonstrate how the cruise industry will provide the cleanest and safest tourist transportation system possible to, from and within Alaska," Knowles wrote.

The governor said he expects cruise officials to say what they knew about the water quality of their marine discharges, when they knew it and when they will make changes.

Under a sampling program agreed to by the industry, none of the ships monitored by early September met all federal and state water-quality standards for discharges of treated blackwater and graywater. Knowles called that "disgraceful."

Industry officials have said they are willing to meet with Knowles.

No commitments to the Nov. 13 date had been received as of Tuesday, according to Knowles spokeswoman Claire Richardson.

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