Washington State proposes temporary ban on discharge of Puget Sound scrubbers
The entrance to the Pacific Ocean from Puget Sound, west of Seattle, attracts significant cruise traffic. File Image / Pixabay
The authorities of the we state of Washington proposed a temporary ban on the discharge of washing water from scrubbers into Puget Sound, near Seattle, while its effect on the marine environment is being studied.
The states Department of Ecology made the announcement in a public meeting online Tuesday, according to an environmental group Stand.Terre, who had called for a total ban.
The the Pacific Ocean Puget Sound Cove, west of Seattle, attracts significant cruise ship traffic, and many of these ships are now equipped with washers.
Environmental groups are concerned about the potential impact of scrubber washwater on the marine environment, and several port and national authorities have raised these concerns by banning its discharge into their waters. The scrubber industry broadly rejects these accusations, saying their own research has found the level of risk to be acceptable.
The Washington Department of Ecology and the Port of Seattle have now suggested that a third-party study on the matter be carried out next year, with a temporary ban on scrubber washwater until the study is complete. .