US levelled record $363m in pollution fines on shipping firms in 2016

US levelled record $363m in pollution fines on shipping firms in 2016

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) levelled record amounts of fines on shipping firms for pollution offences in 2016.

The department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) hit the offending companies and crew with more than $363m in penalties over the year.

Individuals were also dealt a combined 32 years in prison sentences for infractions involving illicit discharge of substances in US waters.

Many of the crimes involve the use of so-called “magic pipes” to divert waste into the sea.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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