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Bill reinstates ferry discharge rules, cuts costs

Extra ferry life rings lean against other spare parts at the Ketchikan Marine Engineering Facility at Ward Cove last January.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.

Six cruise ships release treated sewage into harbors

The cruise ship Norwegian Pearl sails south through Chatham Strait on its final voyage of 2013. The ship is one of six permitted to release treated blackwater into Alaska harbors this summer. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)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.

Bill would lessen cruise ship discharge standards

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.