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Sabine Transportation Pleads Guilt to Ocean Dumping

Release Date: 07/23/2003
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John Millett 202-564-7842 /

(07/23/03) On July 21 in U.S. District Court in Iowa, Sabine Transportation of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, pled guilty to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Shipping (APPS). The agreement calls for Sabine to pay a $2 million fine and implement an environmental compliance plan. Final adjudication of the agreement, however, will be determined by the Court. Sabine operates a fleet of ships that carry cargo from the United States to foreign countries. In its plea, Sabine admitted to several violations: discharging diesel fuel-contaminated wheat into the Pacific Ocean from the S.S. Juneau, discharging plastic wastes and oily diesel fuel cargo from the S.S. Trinity into the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico and failing to maintain required records and discharging oily waste from the S.S. Colorado, S.S. Guadalupe and S.S. Sea Princess. Dumping oil and other wastes into the open seas can harm fish and other aquatic life. The case was investigated by the EPA Criminal Investigation Division, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the FBI and the case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cedar Rapids.