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UK Shipping Company Fined after Concealing Dumping

17 Jun 2015
Written by World Watch

The United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that Glasgow-based shipping company Norbulk Shipping UK Ltd (Norbulk) has pleaded guilty to "failing to maintain an accurate oil record book", and "providing false statements to the [US coast guard] concerning the vessel's garbage record book". According to the DoJ, the company was sentenced to pay a US$750,000 fine and placed on three years of probation.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced that it is lending development company wpd AG €156 million to develop the Nordergründe wind farm in the German coastal part of the North Sea. According to the EIB, the wind farm will "consist of 18 turbines with a total generating capacity of 111 [megawatts]".

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) has announced that it and the United States Coast Guard have jointly issued a federal order under the Clean Water Act (further information) to "ensure the cleanup of heavy crude oil leaked from a pipeline near Refugio State Beach, Santa Barbara County, [California]".

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that three subsidiaries of Duke Energy Corporation have pleaded guilty to nine breaches of the Clean Water Act (further information), in relation to a major coal ash spill at the Dan River in North Carolina in February 2014, and historical breaches at the subsidiaries' other facilities. According to the DoJ, the companies have entered into plea agreements to:

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that refrigeration company Enviro-Safe Refrigerants Inc (Enviro-Safe) "has agreed to pay a [US$300,000] civil penalty and cease marketing and sale of unapproved flammable hydrocarbon refrigerants as substitutes for ozone depleting substances (ODS)".

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced that it will provide a €150 million loan to household goods company AB Electrolux (Electrolux) "for the development of more energy-efficient, more user-friendly and better performing white goods and small electric household appliances".

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that foundry coke producing company Tonawanda Coke Corp (Tonawanda) has agreed to pay US$12 million to settle allegations that it breached the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act.

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on behalf of the Deepwater Horizon National Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (the Trustees), has made available a statement (20 April 2015) announcing that the Trustees and oil company BP have "identified approximately [US]$134 million in proposed early restoration projects" in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig incident that resulted in a large-scale oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the Trustees, the proposed projects would be funded by BP and would "benefit sea turtles, birds and fish; increase recreational opportunities; and improve nearshore and reef habitats". The Trustees advise that "[damage assessment]—and restoration—will continue until the public is fully compensated for the natural resources and services that were lost as a result of the spill".

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that it has filed a Stipulation of Settlement and Order (19 March 2015) settling civil claims against Washakie Renewable Energy LLC (Washakie) for US$3 million, following an enforcement action by the US Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) (further information). According to the DoJ, Washakie breached the Clean Air Act (further information) by generating more than 7.2 million invalid renewable fuel credits, which were worth more than US$2 million. The DoJ also states that Washakie mitigated the problem by retiring the invalid renewable fuel credits and purchasing them from other parties.
DoJ's media release (19 March 2015)
(Source: DoJ; EPA)

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that American Pallet Recycling, L.L.C has pleaded guilty to "falsifying stamps that certified wood pallets were heat treated to prevent pest infestation, and were suitable for use in international transportation" and been sentenced to pay a fine of $US100,000. The company's former president and owner Raymond Viola "will pay [US]$1,000 and service three years of probation and has relinquished the business to his son", states the US DoJ.
DoJ's media release (12 March 2015)
(Source: DoJ)

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