By The Associated Press
3:37 PM AKST, January 23, 2013
Gov. Sean Parnell is proposing changes to the way the state regulates wastewater from cruise ships. But critics say the bill would roll-back provisions of a 2006 citizen initiative that required wastewater to meet water quality standards.
The proposal is scheduled for its first hearing, in front of the Senate Resources Committee on Wednesday.
The measure would require that cruise ships discharge wastewater in a manner consistent with applicable state or federal law. It would strike the more stringent requirement that discharges meet state water quality standards at the point of discharge. It also would allow for authorization of mixing zones if the ships meet certain standards for discharge.
Gershon Cohen, with the Campaign to Safeguard America's Waters, said the proposal isn't based on the best available science.