Carnival to Cut Pollution From More Cruise Ships

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Carnival to Cut Pollution From More Cruise Ships

By Tamara Lush
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 1:00pm

This article originally apperaed on Associated Press The Big Story. 

Carnival said Thursday it was spending about $400 million to clean up the air pollution from the massive diesel engines it uses to power more than 70 cruise ships.

The company said it had decided to invest more money and put the technology in more ships than initially planned. Last year, Carnival said it would deploy scrubbers to reduce sulfur dioxide and use filters to trap soot on as many as 32 ships over the next three years as part of an agreement reached with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Emissions from oceangoing vessels had largely been unregulated, but in 2010, the International Maritime Organization, at the EPA's request, created buffer zones along U.S. coasts requiring foreign-flagged ships to reduce pollution.

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