B.C. neighborhood protests foul air from Alaska cruise industry

The James Bay neighborhood of Victoria, British Columbia, claims to be the oldest continuously occupied residential area on the West Coast north of San Francisco. Its Victorian homes are a tourist attraction, and its streets are lined with mature oaks and evergreens. But its location on Victoria's harbor is giving residents headaches -- maybe literally. Air pollution from Alaska-bound cruise ships has prompted the neighborhood association to bestow its inaugural Dirty Air Award on the cruise industry, reports the Victoria Times Colonist.

This year, a record 229 visits are scheduled at [neighboring] Ogden Point, with the first ship arriving Tuesday and a steady stream into October.

The JBNA based its awards on results from an air monitoring station installed in spring 2011 to measure pollutant levels, which have been shown to increase when cruise ships are docked at Ogden Point. Government officials are analyzing data. ...

The JBNA's quality of life committee is tackling several cruise-industry related issues, including emissions, traffic volume, noise and the costs and benefits of this sector.

Read more at the Times Colonist: Awards highlight pollution woes