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Carnival Pleads Guilty to Pollution, Probation Violations

Carnival admits its cruise ships have committed environmental crimes and knowingly dumped plastic waste.

Carnival Corp. has pleaded guilty to pollution and probation violations and reached a $20 million settlement on June 3 with federal prosecutors.

USA Today reports that Carnival admitted violating terms of probation from a 2016 criminal conviction for discharging oily waste from its Princess Cruise Lines ships and covering it up. Carnival paid a $40 million fine and was put on five years’ probation in that case, which affected all nine of its cruise brands, according to the report.

Now, Carnival acknowledged that in the years since, its ships have committed environmental crimes such as dumping “gray water” in prohibited places such as Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and knowingly allowing plastic, along with food waste, to be discharged in the Bahamas, the report notes.

USA Today has more details:

Carnival Corp. reached a settlement Monday with federal prosecutors in which the world’s largest cruise line agreed to pay a $20 million penalty because its ships continued to pollute the oceans despite a previous criminal conviction aimed at curbing similar conduct.

Senior U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz approved the agreement after Carnival CEO Arnold Donald stood up in open court and admitted the company’s responsibility for probation violations stemming from the previous environmental case.

“The company pleads guilty,” Arnold said six times in a packed courtroom that include other senior Carnival executives, including company chairman and Miami Heat owner Micky Arison.

Read the full article here.

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