State seeks experts for a cruise ship wastewater panel

Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2009

JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is recruiting experts in existing and emerging cruise ship wastewater treatment technology to serve on an 11-member science advisory panel.

The volunteer panel will look at current and innovative wastewater technologies and evaluate installation issues. It will advise the state department on whether cruise ships are using technologically effective and economically feasible treatment options.

The science advisory panel is being established to provide stakeholders' technical expertise to the state.

The panel is required by House Bill 134, which became law earlier this year. It will look at the quality of wastewater effluent now produced by cruise ships.

The panel will explore treatment technologies currently used on ships and at on-shore facilities, as well as those new applications under development.

Members of the panel will serve on a voluntary basis for up to six years.

Panel members will be named by Dec. 7. Its first meeting will be held in January.

Those interested in serving on the panel may submit a resume and letter of interest by Nov. 30 to Marit Carlson-Van Dort, DEC special assistant, at, by fax to 465-5070, or by calling 465-5871.

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