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Essay on Royal Carribean Toxic Waste Dumping

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Royal Carribean Toxic Waste Dumping

During the 1990’s one of the most famous cruise ship companies, Royal Caribbean, was caught illegally discharging toxic waste into oceans surrounding the United States and surrounding countries, as well as international waters. According to Wald the waste included, but is not limited to, oily water from the bilge of the ships, chemicals used for dry cleaning, and chemicals used to develop film. These chemicals were mixed in with the gray water, used water that is safe to drain into the ocean, and then flushed out with the gray water (1999). The Department of Justice pointed out that in an attempt to cover their tracks, workers on these cruise ships kept false maintenance logs, and had bypass pipes
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The United States Environmental Protection Agency gives a breakdown of the charges that Royal Caribbean Faced in 1999. In Alaska they had four felony violations of the oil pollution act of 1990, two felonies for giving false statements regarding information given to the coast guard, and a felony violation of the clean water act. In Miami it was one felony charge for presenting false information to the Coast Guard, one felony charge for storage of hazardous waste, and two felony charges for violating the clean water act. In New York they faced two felony charges for presenting false information to the Coast Guard, and two felony charges for violating the clean water act. In Las Angeles they faced three felony charges for presenting false information to the Coast Guard. In the Virgin Islands they faced a felony charge for violating the clean water act, and one felony charge for presenting false information to the Coast guard. Finally in San Juan they were charges with one felony of releasing false information to the Coast Guard. All of these fines totaled to $18 million that Royal Caribbean had to pay, which is the most money a cruise ship company has ever paid to the legal system (1999). Holst gives an apology given by Jack Williams, the Royal Caribbean
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