Author: Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska

Cruise ship scrubbers court controversy over water pollution

Cruise ships are now returning to Alaska for the first full-length season since the pandemic. For the past two years, CoastAlaska has been investigating the impact of “scrubbers” – air pollution control systems that allow large ships to save money by burning cheaper, dirtier fuels. It found that EPA has granted special waivers for Carnival-owned ships’ scrubbers to exceed the normal water pollution standards while in Alaska waters. 

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