Laws and Regulations

Relevant Regulations/Statutes Topic/Applies To Date Updated
House Bill 80 HB 80 FAQs Wastewater Permits and BMPs 2/19/2013
Ballot Measure 2 Ballot Measure 2 2006
AS 46.03.460 - 490 Wastewater Statutes 2013
18 AAC 69 Cruise Ship Regulations 2013
18 AAC 50.070, 18 AAC 50.235,
18 AAC 50.240
Air Regulations 2013
18 AAC 15 Administrative Procedures 2010
Article XIV (Federal) Certain Alaskan Cruise Ship Operations 2000

The Commercial Passenger Vessel Environmental Compliance (Cruise Ship) Program was established in July 2001 by AS 46.03.460 - AS 46.03.490. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) worked with a facilitator and a Negotiated Regulations Committee to draft regulations to accompany this law. The Committee held three face to face meetings to draft regulations, a January, February, and an April 2002 meeting. The regulations that were drafted by the Committee were taken through the formal rulemaking process that included a period for public comment. The public comment period was completed, and the regulations became effective November 15, 2002.

On July 8, 2004 the state law AS 46.03.460-46.06.490 was changed based on Chapter 153, SLA 04 which was passed by the Alaska Legislature. The ADEC drafted regulations to reflect the statue change to allow for best management plans for small vessels and the requirements of those plans. These proposed regulations were taken through the formal rule making process. The second public comment period was completed, and the amended regulations became final and effective May 18, 2006.

More changes were made in 2006 to state laws governing the operation and regulation of large cruise ships while those ships are in Alaska Marine waters. These changes passed with voter approval under Ballot Measure 2.

In 2013 state law was changed regarding large cruise ship permitting and the small cruise ship BMPs. Regulation changes to match the statute changes were completed.