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Public comments sought on large passenger
vessel wastewater discharge permit


April 14, 2007

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Commercial Passenger Vessel Compliance Program is inviting public comments on its proposed Large Commercial Passenger Vessel Wastewater Discharge General Permit. This general permit will satisfy the new permit requirement of the Cruise Ship ballot initiative that passed in August 2006. 
The general permit will apply to wastewater discharges such as treated sewage, graywater, (such as wastewater from sinks and showers), and other wastewater from large commercial passenger vessels operating in state marine waters within Southeast, Southcentral, and other waters of the state. Large commercial vessels provide overnight accommodations for 250 passengers. Owners/operators must apply for coverage under the general permit and comply with all the conditions in the permit, including monitoring, recording, and reporting wastewater discharges.  
The public comment period began April 11, 2007, and closes at 5:00 PM May 10, 2007. DEC will hold a Public Workshop / Public Hearing regarding the proposed General Permit on April 18, 2007, at Centennial Hall in Juneau from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. 
Written comments must be addressed to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water, attn Chris Foley, 410 Willoughby Avenue, Suite 303, P.O. Box 111800, Juneau, AK 99811-1800, or via email to Chris_Foley@dec.state.ak and must be received by 5:00 pm on May 10, 2007.


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Review the draft general permit on the DEC web site at


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Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)


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