Port to give environment new emphasis


Saturday, February 17, 2007
Things have sure changed since John Creighton took over the presidency of the Port of Seattle Commission from Pat Davis five weeks ago.
Creighton has herded the port into a more active environmental role that will be kicked off by a series of motions approved unanimously by the commission Friday.
At the commission’s behest, the port staff will:

Report within three months on port environmental programs to protect Puget Sound habitat, reduce polluted stormwater runoff and clean up contaminated sediments.

Create an action plan by the end of 2007 detailing port commitments to reduce air emissions from ships, on-dock equipment and drayage trucks — or face a possible commission decision to let federal and state legislators have a crack at it.

Continue work to amend an agreement among the port, the NorthWest CruiseShip Association and the state Ecology Department to prohibit sludge dumping in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

Present that agreement’s annual wastewater handling review of cruise ships calling Seattle home to the commission.

Prepare a budget and program to evaluate if and how the port should help cruise ships pump their sewage sludge and hazardous waste ashore.

Make permanent some annual agreements with the cruise lines to either plug their ships into shore power or burn low-sulfur diesel while at dock.

Brief the commission within two months on the Duwamish East Waterway Superfund site.

P-I reporter Kristen Millares Bolt can be reached at 206-448-8142 or kristenbolt@seattlepi.com.
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