An environmental group and the state of Alaska would give several cruise ship companies below-average grades on pollution compliance. Friends of the Earth has released a cruise ship report card for companies operating in the United States. It shows the highest grade – a “B” – goes to Holland America Line, and the lowest – an “F” – to Royal Caribbean. The organization grades the cruise lines on three categories: sewage treatment and air pollution reduction applies to ships’ operating in all U.S. waters. The third category — water quality compliance — is Alaska-specific: The degree to which ships violated 2008 water pollutions standards in Alaska.
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
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