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Carnival cruise line hit with $20 million fine for allegedly dumping trash in ocean

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By Gary Dinges gdinges@gatehousemedia.com
Posted: Jun. 10, 2019 3:22 pm

Carnival Corp. will pay a $20 million fine after Princess Cruises, a subsidiary, was accused of dumping trash into the ocean.

Princess Cruises was already on probation, according to Business Insider, as a result of a 2017 case involving improper waste disposal. In that case, it was alleged oil was being dumped into the ocean.

In this latest case, Carnival is accused of dumping food and plastic into the ocean. It also reportedly kept sloppy records of how waste was being handled.

As part of the settlement, Carnival must make changes to the way it handles waste. If those changes don't happen quickly enough, there reportedly could be additional fines.

In a written statement released to Business Insider, Carnival said: "Carnival Corporation remains committed to environmental excellence and protecting the environment in which we live, work, and travel. Our aspiration is to leave the places we touch even better than when we first arrived." 

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