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Carnival ordered to pay $20 million for dumping plastic and garbage into the ocean — cruise line tried to ‘drown its deceit’

Carnival Corp. and its subsidiary Princess Cruise Lines has been ordered to pay $20 million for environmental violations just two years after it paid $40 million for dumping oil-contaminated waste into the ocean, the largest penalty of its kind at the time.

‘Carnival sought to avoid the discovery of problems during the audits rather than learn from them. Carnival’s deliberate deception undermined the court’s supervision of probation.’

—Assistant attorney general Jeffrey Bossert Clark for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division

The U.S. Department of Justice ordered Carnival to pay a $20 million criminal penalty for dumping plastic and other waste overboard, and said it will be subject to enhanced supervision after admitting to violations of probation attributable to senior Carnival management in a 2016 case.

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