Federal Judge Rejects Alaska Appeal

In late September, U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason in Anchorage rejected Alaska’s suit to halt the enforcement of the North American Emission Control Area By: Marilyn Green
The Alaska Marine Highway // © 2013 John Hyde
The Alaska Marine Highway // © 2013 John Hyde

In late September, U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason in Anchorage rejected Alaska’s suit to halt the enforcement of the North American Emission Control Area (ECA), which requires the use of low sulfur fuel for large ships within 200 miles of the coast. The measure is expected to increase the cost of cruising prices.

Alaska’s lawsuit argued that enforcing the ECA would hurt the state’s economy by increasing the cost of trade and tourism. Judge Gleason dismissed the suit for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell’s office said Alaska is looking into its appeal options. Some of the larger cruise lines have already negotiated technological changes that can prevent a substantial boost in cruise pricing. www.cruising.org

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