EPA Weighs Tighter Regs For Growing Cruise Industry

Law360, New York (January 6, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing pollution from cruise ships, one of the world's fastest-growing tourism sectors, as a way to determine whether more stringent environmental standards are needed for the industry.

In a report issued Dec. 29, which put together statistics from a variety of sources, the EPA assessed sewage, graywater, oily bilge water, solid waste and hazardous waste streams coming from cruise ships.

Among other things, the agency found that cruise ships generate between 1,000 and 74,000 gallons of sewage per day and...
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