Friday, March 19, 2010

Puget Sound Pollution comments deadline March 23!


PEOPLE FOR PUGET SOUND

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TAKE ACTION TO STRENGTHEN CRUISE SHIP MOU!

Dear Heather,

As you know, in recent years there has been a steady increase in cruise ships departing from Seattle for Alaskan cruises. These ships travel through Puget Sound, the Straits and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (when traversing south), contributing to threats to human health and the Sound’s unique and diverse marine resources.

Instead of being regulated by a permit (similar to those for sewage treatment plants), they operate under an MOU (memorandum of understanding) between the WA Dept of Ecology, the Port of Seattle and the NW CruiseShip Association. This voluntary agreement currently addresses some aspects of water pollution. We are asking you to support three amendments to the MOU to help reduce the cruise ship pollution in three specific ways.

Please take a moment right now to provide your input!
For your convenience we have set up an easy to use web comment form, just click here.

The public comment period ends at midnight on Monday, March 22nd, so act today.

In order to stem the tide of cruise ship air and water pollution in Puget Sound and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, we urge you to tell the WA Department of Ecology and the Port of Seattle that you support the following three amendments to cruise ship rules:

  1. Ban the discharge of treated wastewater while cruise ships are docked in Elliott Bay;
  2. Ban the discharge of all cruise ship wastewater in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary; and
  3. Ban the incineration of cruise ship solid waste (which includes sludge, plastics, and other wastes) while they are in Puget Sound and the Strait.

Please take action by clicking here.

Or, you can email Ecology directly: Please address your comments to Amy Jankowiak at ajan461@ecy.wa.gov.
To send comments to the Port of Seattle Commissioners: commission@portseattle.org.

Remember, deadline is midnight on Monday, March 22nd, so act today.

Together we can and will recover Puget Sound back to health by 2010.

Thank you in advance for responding to this call to action.

Cheers,

Rein Attemann

rattemann@pugetsound.org

For more information about the Cruise MOU click here.


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