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CITIZENS FOR SOUND CONSERVATION
CITIZENS FOR SOUND CONSERVATION APPLAUD
NEW CRUISE TERMINAL PLANS
September 3, 2010, Charleston, SC – Citizens for Sound Conservation released the following statement in support of the new cruise terminal plan set forth by the SC State Ports Authority:
The plans unveiled yesterday for a new cruise terminal in downtown Charleston demonstrate once again the SC State Ports Authority’s commitment to balance economic growth with protection of our natural resources. The new terminal, as proposed, will of course be a much-needed economic boon to our economy, while also increasing public access to Charleston’s historic waterfront.
As a growth industry, scrutiny of the environmental practices of cruise lines is certainly warranted. We are happy to note that the cruise industry has received accolades from none other than the EPA for its environmental practices. As evidence, a 2008 EPA report noted “the cruise industry’s overall environmental standards are ‘designed to increase compliance with regulatory regimes, and in some cases incorporate voluntary standards and procedures that go beyond what is required by law or regulation.’” The EPA even recognized the industry for having solid waste management practices that surpassed those of most cities in the United States.
Further, a number of cruise lines have taken the additional step of becoming certified under ISO 14001, which most agree is the gold standard for environmental management systems.
Citizens for Sound Conservation commend both the SPA and our state’s cruise line partners for their efforts to improve our environmental and economic quality of life and stand ready to support them in the future.
Citizens for Sound Conservation is a not-for-profit non-partisan organization whose mission is to educate all stakeholders on responsible usage of our natural resources in order to better balance environmental protection and economic growth.
Contact: Denver Merrill