A Southeast lawmaker introduced a bill this week to help Alaska ferries meet state pollution-control rules. It would also exempt new ships from a law requiring a percent of construction spending go toward art.
A dozen cruise ships are allowed to discharge wastewater while anchored or tied up in Alaska ports this summer. Officials say it’s safe. Critics disagree.
The Parnell Administration wants to change another part of the 2006 cruise ship initiative. Bills introduced at the governor’s request would effectively allow more chemicals and minerals to be released into the water. Backers say the levels would still be safe.