Dunleavy proposes to cut Ocean Rangers

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The Governor has proposed cutting the inspectors as part of his budget plans.

    The Ocean Rangers serve as independent environmental inspectors on cruise ships that visit Alaska.  The proposed budget cut totals $3.8 million.

    Coast Alaska reported that Department of Environmental Conservation budget official Jeff Rogers said most of the logs and reports on cruise ship discharges are publicly available already and that those reports will continue without the onsite observers on board.

    Critics said the plan could limit the state's authority to monitor pollution from ships.

    The program is funded by state cruise ship passenger fees and not funded by Alaskan residents.

    Any change to the program would require the support of the legislature.

     

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