Resource Development Council

RDC Testimony:
SB 29 - Wastewater Discharge

Before Senate Finance
Testimony provided by Rick Rogers

January 25, 2013

Good afternoon. My name is Rick Rogers, Executive Director of the Resource Development Council. RDC is a statewide business association representing forestry, oil and gas, mining, tourism, and fishing industries. Our mission is to grow Alaska through responsible resource development.

A top legislative priority of RDC is to encourage the state to promote and defend the integrity of Alaska’s permitting process and advocate for predictable, timely, and efficient state and federal permitting processes based on sound science and economic feasibility.

RDC applauds the tireless work of the Cruise Ship Science Advisory Panel (SAP). I understand this group has met at least 15 times to help provide information that can help shape a more rational wastewater discharge policy for the cruise industry.

It is clear after reviewing the SAP findings, meeting current water quality standards at the point of discharge from cruise ships is not feasible and not necessary to protect public health and aquatic species.

SB29 establishes a policy that is based on sound science and economic feasibility. Many small businesses and communities rely on the business activity the cruise industry generates. RDC supports quick passage of SB29 to ensure reasonable permit standards are in place for the upcoming 2013 season.

Thank-you for the opportunity to testify.