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      >The Norwegian settlement is the latest in a series of cruise-ship pollution
      >cases in Alaska, Florida, California and other states and the Caribbean.



      >Date: Thu, 01 Aug 2002 10:18:24 -0700
      >From: OBF RESEARCH <research@...>
      >Subject: ML: State to investigate cruise line
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      > fyi.
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      >State to investigate cruise lin
      >By Paula Dobbyn
      >Anchorage Daily News
      >
      >(Published: August 1, 2002)
      >The Alaska attorney general's office said Wednesday it will investigate
      >whether the Norwegian Cruise Line committed any illegal activity in Alaska
      >waters.
      >
      >In its $1.5 million plea agreement Wednesday with federal prosecutors,
      >Norwegian admitted lying to the Coast Guard about dumping oily waste off the
      >Florida coast and keeping false logbooks to cover it up.
      >
      >Although the plea gives the cruise line immunity on federal charges of
      >maintaining illegal logbooks before June 2000 when its ships were in ports
      >including Juneau, it doesn't preclude the possibility of state charges.
      >
      >Alaska assistant attorney general Craig Tillery said the state has yet to
      >determine whether further action against Norwegian is warranted. The
      >attorney general's office is also considering similar action against
      >Carnival Corp., which in April pleaded guilty in Miami to criminal charges
      >of falsifying logbooks and dumping untreated bilge waste into the ocean.
      >
      >"The state has not foreclosed the possibility of looking to Carnival's
      >activities in Alaskan waters," he said.
      >
      >The state sued Royal Caribbean Cruise Line for illegal dumping of oil and
      >chemicals in Alaska water. The suit resulted in a $3.5 million settlement
      >Royal Caribbean agreed to pay in January 2000. The company was put on
      >probation and barred from entering Glacier Bay National Park near Juneau for
      >several years.
      >
      >National Park Service officials said Wednesday that Carnival will be
      >prohibited from entering Glacier Bay after its permits expire in 2004 and
      >that Norwegian ships likely will be banned too. Federal rules bar the
      >government from doing business with convicted felons.
      >
      >Holland America ships, owned by Carnival, will not be affected, said Kevin
      >Apgar, concession program manager for the Park Service.
      >
      >The Norwegian settlement is the latest in a series of cruise-ship pollution
      >cases in Alaska, Florida, California and other states and the Caribbean.
      >It's part of a federal crackdown on cruise lines that has resulted in
      >multiple convictions.
      >
      >In response to public pressure and high-profile pollution incidents, Alaska
      >legislators met in special session last summer and passed a law giving state
      >officials authority to regulate cruise ship discharges. Roughly 45,000
      >cruise ship visitors disembark in Alaska each day, constituting what amounts
      >to the state's third-largest city. The fleet of 25 releases about 4.5
      >million gallons of wastewater daily.
      >
      >Since cruise ship pollution became a national issue, many of the companies
      >have invested millions of dollars to upgrade their wastewater treatment
      >systems and reduce air emissions.


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