Proposed Pioneer Square cruise terminal could help businesses, harm environment

Proposed Pioneer Square cruise terminal could help businesses, harm environment

January 07, 2020-KUOW.org

A proposed cruise ship terminal near Pioneer Square would flood Seattle’s waterfront with thousands of people several times a week starting in 2023. The ships could bring benefits and problems to the neighborhood. Critics plan to bring their concerns to a port commission meeting Tuesday. They say they worry about the air pollution that cruise ships produce. The Port of Seattle plans to put in big electrical outlets, so that cruise ships can plug in and stop running their engines. But many ships don’t have the hardware to connect. Environmental activist Jordan Van Voast connects those local pollution concerns to larger concerns about the industry’s carbon footprint.

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