State officials have removed a prominent environmental activist from a cruise-ship science panel. Gershon Cohen of Haines was one of nine people named earlier this month to a committee charged with looking at wastewater treatment options. Cohen co-sponsored a 2006 citizens’ initiative that imposed stringent new standards on the cruise industry. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Larry Hartig took Cohen off the committee after hearing complaints, some from cruise-ship advocates.
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
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