Congresswoman Matsui Applauds DOJ Action to Hold Princess Cruise Lines Accountable for Environmental Violations
Princess Cruise Lines Will Pay Criminal Penalty for Intentional PollutionCongresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) praised the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) announcement that Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. has agreed to plead guilty to felony charges resulting from their intentional actions to pollute the ocean by illegally dumping oil contaminated waste. “Princess Cruise Lines’ intentional cover-up of their environmental recklessness is disgraceful and indicative of a troublesome industry culture,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “I’m pleased that they are being brought to justice for reckless actions that will have a real harm on our marine life and environment. I applaud the U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Justice for their good work on this case.” According to the Department of Justice, these discharges of oil contaminated waste date back to 2005 and are in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. Congresswoman Matsui has been a longtime advocate in Congress for cruise safety and accountability. She authored the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA), which was signed into law in 2010. Congresswoman Matsui has since introduced H.R. 3142, the Cruise Passenger Protection Act, which builds on the CVSSA to further strengthen accountability and passenger protection provisions.