State Opting Not to Appeal Fuel Standard Decision

The state will not appeal the dismissal of its challenge to new fuel standards for large ships.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- The state will not appeal the dismissal of its challenge to new fuel standards for large ships.

The standards require cargo carriers and cruise ships to use a low-sulfur fuel within 200 miles of certain U.S. and Canadian shores. State officials argued the rules will have disproportionately impact Alaska and sued to block enforcement here.
U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason dismissed the case in September for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
Department of Law spokeswoman Cori Mills says the state's disappointed the court didn't reach the core question of whether a public health risk justified Alaska's inclusion in the area affected by the rules.
But she says the state hopes the federal government will continue working with shippers, cruise lines and others to lessen the rules' impact on Alaska consumers.

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