Sanford still on hook for pollution violations

By

SeafoodSource staff

Published on
May 20, 2012

A federal judge in Washington will not throw out criminal charges against a large fishing company in New Zealand accused of routinely dumping “oil-contaminated sludge and bilge waste into the ocean.”?   

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell refused to dismiss five of seven counts of Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships violations, conspiracy and obstruction of justice against Sanford Ltd. and its former chief engineer James Pogue.

In January 2012, a grand jury charged Sanford, Pogue and former chief engineer Rolando Ong Vano with violating federal criminal laws when they allegedly dumped oil-contaminated sludge and bilge waste into the sea and falsified and concealed records related to the discharges.

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