Ask Congress for a Hearing on Cruise Ship Pollution!

A simple 30 second phone call to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is all it takes!

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In order to increase our chances of getting a hearing, we have set up this cause through Cause Caller.  This system will automatically call key people on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for you!

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Ringing PhoneTime is running out!  Congress needs to hear from you. Please call today to help us get a hearing scheduled before Congress adjourns in August. If we don’t get a hearing scheduled now, our chances of ultimately passing a bill will be diminished. We have only until July 31st!

Please call the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure at (202) 225-4472. 



Please use this script:

Hi, my name is [Your Name]. I am calling because I am deeply concerned about the problem of ocean pollution and cruise ships. I'm calling to request that Congress hold a hearing on the Clean Cruise Ship Act of 2008 (HR 6434) and the issue of cruise ship pollution. Thank you.

Background:

According to a recently released study on cruise ships by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in one week alone a large cruise ship generates approximately:

  • 210,000 gallons of human sewage,
  • 1 million gallons of gray water (polluted water from kitchens, sinks, and laundries),
  • 25,000 gallons of oily bilge water,
  • Up to 11,550 gallons of sewage sludge, and
  • More than 130 gallons of hazardous wastes.

Cruise ships can currently dump untreated human sewage as close as three miles from our beaches and sensitive marine resources, and graywater can be dumped anywhere. These pollutants contain bacteria and other harmful substances, which have serious impacts on human health and our environment by contaminating shellfish beds, causing beach closures, and destroying sensitive marine life such as coral reefs. The threats posed by cruise industry pollution continue to grow rapidly. Last year more than 9 million passengers took cruises on the seventeen largest cruise lines.

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