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Senate Approves Bills on Cruise Ship Pollution

September 09, 2003|From Staff and Wire Reports

Two bills to prevent cruise ships from discharging waste into state coastal waters were approved Monday by the state Senate.

One measure, by Assemblyman Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), would cover the release of sewage sludge and oily bilge water. Another bill, by Assemblyman George Nakano (D-Torrance), focuses on waste from ship photo labs, medical waste and dry-cleaning waste.

Both bills were returned to the Assembly for votes on Senate amendments, which stripped an outright ban on the discharge of sewage and gray water -- the effluent from showers, sinks and galleys.

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