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Princess Cruises to pay $40-million fine for dumping oily waste and lying about it

Princess Cruises to pay $40-million fine for dumping oily waste and lying about it

Princess Cruise Lines has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $40-million fine for dumping illegal waste off the coast of England three years ago and trying to cover it up by lying to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The fine is the largest criminal penalty ever paid involving deliberate dumping by a cruise ship, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, which said such illegal dumping had been committed by the same ship since 2005.

Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruise Lines, apologized for the dumping and said the Santa Clarita-based company had adopted new employee training, environmental procedures and equipment to prevent such incidents in the future.

“We are very...

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