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Man arrested for dumping toxic waste on US ship

The chief engineer of a foreign ship who attempted to obstruct US justice after intentionally dumping 10,000 gallons of oily sewage into New Orleans waters in the southeastern United States was sentenced to a year and a day in prison. In addition to paying a fine in the sum of five thousand dollars.

According to Report Kirill Kompaniets will serve an additional six months on probation, according to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). The convicted person was Kirill Kompaniets, a Russian national. He pleaded guilty to two offences: obstruction of justice and willful dumping of waste.

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The text also clarifies the seriousness of the case. Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, Todd Kim, emphasized that “deliberate pollution and cover-ups of U.S. waters are unacceptably serious crimes.”
Pointing out how representative the punishment is for other possible cases, he adds: “Proceedings like this should send a clear message to those who break the law and put our precious natural resources at risk.”

The illegal behavior was first reported to the Coast Guard by a crew member via social media. Sometimes, even when the justice system is flawed or provides incomplete or unsatisfactory punishments, it is difficult not to root for the environmental responsibility of those who commit crimes against nature.

Climate change is already a problem and people like Companies are making it worse. Preventing others like him from making matters worse by committing crimes does little to mitigate the damage done.

via: Byte

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