DEC holds cruise ship emissions meeting

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A sustainability learning session was held Tuesday night at City Hall for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to receive questions and concerns about cruise ship emissions in Juneau.

    Jim Powell, a University of Alaska Southeast professor and member of the borough’s sustainability commission, opened the meeting. He said that wastewater and air quality are monitored for compliance when ships are in port. Public complaints have risen since 2017 after an all-time low in 2016.

    Powell said a study in 2000 was the most recent ambient air quality review in Juneau. A study will be held this year to determine what areas of Juneau are most affected and might affect public health or violate the Clean Air Act.

    The forthcoming study will measure air quality both before, while and after the ships are moored in downtown.

    Most reports of air quality issues come from public complaints, self-reporting by cruise lines and from government officials.

    The State of Alaska has been monitoring cruise ships and ferry air emissions since the 1970s.


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