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Justice Department: Vessel Pollution Cases Set New Record in 2016

January 17, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice says 2016 was record year for prosecuting shipping companies and crew for illegal discharges from ocean-going vessels in U.S. waters.
 
At the end of fiscal year 2016, the Department’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division imposed criminal penalties of more than $363 million in fines and more than 32 years of imprisonment from cases related to intentional discharges of pollutants from vessels.
 
Often times these cases involve a crew’s use of a so-called “magic pipe” to dump oil-contaminated water overboard, which is almost always followed by an attempt to cover the illegal dumping up by failing to record these discharges in the ship’s oil record book. Charges, which can range from violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships to obstruction of justice or even conspiracy, can carry steep fines for shipping companies and lengthy prison sentences for any crewmembers involved.

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David Usher receives award


January 10, 2017,

During the annual Nothern Michigan Waterways Hazardous Material Spill Planning Committee (NO-SPILLS) conference last week, David Usher received the Zygmunt Przybyl Outstanding Achievement Award for his years of service ans pioneer in the environmental spill response industry.  David Usher founded Marine Pollution Control Corporation in 1967 and has dedicated his life to efforts in cleaning up the environment. 


Four more charged in Flint water crisis


12/21/2016

Four officials in charge of Flint's water, including two who reported directly to Governor Rick Snyder, have been named in the fourth round of charges announced by the Michigan attorney general's office as it investigates the city's water crisis.

Two of Flint's former emergency managers and two water plant officials were charged Tuesday for felonies of false pretenses and conspiracy -- the allegations are that they misled the Michigan Department of Treasury into getting millions in bonds, and then misused the money to finance the construction of a new pipeline and force Flint's drinking water source to be switched to the Flint River.

Jerry Ambrose and Darnell Earley, both emergency managers put in charge of Flint during a years-long financial crisis, reported directly to the governor and are the highest level officials to be charged so far. They also face misdemeanors of misconduct in office and willful neglect of duty.

The other two men, Howard Croft and Daugherty Johnson, were city water plant officials involved in making the switch from purchasing drinking water from the city of Detroit, to treating water from the Flint River.

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NRC announces new Tier 2 oil spill response base servicing Mexico's Bay of Campeche


12/22/2016

NRC announces the establishment of its strategic Tier 2 oil spill response base in the Bay of Campeche region of Mexico. Driven by new shallow and deepwater drilling developments in Mexico, NRC’s robust Tier 2 base will support NRC E&P clients now operating in Mexico’s Bay of Campeche. NRC’s base is located in Paraíso, near the Port of Dos Bocas in the coastal state of Tabasco, Mexico.

Partnering with Marinsa Specialized Vessels, NRC has established its Tier 2 base as a shared services operation, providing an extensive array of equipment, stockpiled dispersant, dedicated expert personnel, incident management, consultancy and training, and our range of call-off services. Marinsa provides a range of support vessels including fast supply vessels, supply boats, utility boats, crew boats, and pilot boats.

In addition to localized, in-country services, our clients have access to an extensive array of additional NRC resources in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, including over 1,000 fully trained personnel, international Tier 3 response coverage, including shoreline, offshore, and HVLP kits packaged on aircraft-ready pallets, and dedicated aircraft and additional dispersant stockpile as part of our Global Response Service (GRS) capabilities.

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US Ecology's permit violations anger Detroit neighbors


A hazardous waste processing facility in Detroit — which could gain state approval to expand its storage facilities tenfold — has released excessive amounts of mercury, arsenic, cyanide and other toxic chemicals into the city sewer system more than 150 times since September 2010, a review of Great Lakes Water Authority records shows.

US Ecology is allowed to put pretreated chemical waste into the sewer system, but under strict, permitted requirements.

The Free Press, through the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, reviewed records related to the company's wastewater discharge permit going back to September 2010. The records are held by the Great Lakes Water Authority, the regional body that took over wastewater treatment operations from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department on Jan. 1.

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