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Marcie Keever, 415-544-0790 x223, mkeever@foe.org
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New Report Details Cruise Industry’s Record of Pollution

SAN FRANCISCO - A report
released today by Friends of the Earth concludes that the billions of
dollars earned by the cruise industry each year comes at a significant
cost to our nation’s air and water.

The report, Getting a Grip on Cruise Ship Pollution,
researched and authored by Ross Klein, an independent expert on cruise
ship pollution, takes a detailed look at the various ways in which the
cruise industry has harmed—and continues to harm—the environments in
which cruise ships travel.
 
“This report provides a vital resource to anyone concerned about
the cruise industry’s environmental impacts. With today’s launch of the
largest cruise ship ever built—Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas—this
report shines a light on an industry that has long avoided
comprehensive environmental regulation and pollution controls,” said
Marcie Keever, Friends of the Earth’s Clean Vessels Campaign Director.
“Cruise ships continue to dump sewage into our waters and poison our
air with engines that burn bottom-of-the barrel bunker fuel.”
 
Getting a Grip on Cruise Ship Pollution
looks at all aspects of the cruise industry, from its pollution
streams, to its history of environmental violations, to the modest
number of environmental laws that govern the industry. The report also
contains a wide-ranging set of policy recommendations, providing
solutions for comprehensive environmental reform of the cruise industry.
 
To read the report and learn more, visit: http://www.foe.org/getting-grip-cruise-ship-pollution.
 
Resources:
·         Catalog of cruise industry environmental violations, fines and other incidents: http://www.cruisejunkie.com
·         Overview of cruise ship pollution from Friends of the Earth: http://www.foe.org/air-and-water/cruise-ships
 
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