Cruise ship bill signed without ceremony
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Governor Sean Parnell signed legislation Thursday limiting cruise-ship wastewater restrictions.
House Bill 80 turned back a provision of the Cruise Ship Initiative, passed by voters in 2006. The provision would have required ships to meet much higher standards, starting in 2015.
The new law says pollutants can be measured in mixing zones, which allow dilution. The initiative required it to be measured at the point of discharge.
Parnell asked for the bill to be introduced. It took effect today.
Press Secretary Sharon Leighow says the governor signed the bill in his office without ceremony.
Annette Blankenship and Megan Pasternak of the Ocean Wave Quilters Guild talk about this year's quilt auction (3-3-15). This annual silent and outcry mini quilt auction supports college scholarships for Sitka students. So far, 20 miniature quilts and 5 large quilt tops are expected to be auctioned. Downloadable audio.
The Alaska Board of Fisheries closed some waters near Angoon to purse seining in order to improve subsistence harvests, in action over the weekend (3-1-15). They also shot down the use of unmanned aircraft to aid in salmon fishing. more