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Federal court provides significant award to whistleblower for reporting ocean dumping

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 27 2012

A federal court in Maryland has reportedly awarded a former merchant marine officer $462,500 for alerting the U.S. Coast Guard that his cargo ship was intentionally dumping oily waste and garbage into the ocean

Coast Guard proposes revisions to vessel vapor-control regulations

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 29 2010

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued proposed revisions to vapor-control system regulations on ships and barges that transport flammable materials such as oil or benzene, and for systems at onshore oil terminals and other loading facilities. 75 Fed. Reg. 65,151 (102110

DOE proposes rule requiring increase in alternative fuels for federal fleets

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 23 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE ) has proposed a rule that would require federal agencies to cut the amount of petroleum they use in vehicle fleets, while at the same time increasing their use of alternative fuels

Joint rulemaking targets GHG and fuel economy standards for cars, light trucks

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 8 2010

EPA and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) have signed a notice of intent to conduct joint rulemaking that would propose stringent federal greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel economy standards for model years 2017-2025 for cars and light trucks

Coast Guard issues final rule setting discharge standards for living organisms in ballast water

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 30 2012

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a final rule establishing allowable concentrations of living organisms in ballast water discharged in U.S. waters

Second Circuit absolves ship classifier from liability for environmental damage from sunken tanker

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 21 2012

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an American ship classification society, the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), was not liable to Spain for environmental damages that occurred when a tanker it had certified sank off the coast of Spain

Federal court imposes $3 million fine on ship management company

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 1 2010

A federal judge in Maryland has sentenced a ship management company to pay a $3 million criminal fine and $1 million in organizational community service payments that will fund various marine environmental projects for violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (Act

NWF challenges New York ballast water regulations

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 16 2012

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has filed a petition in state court challenging a vessel general permit and regulations approved by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that would regulate discharges incidental to the normal operation of commercial vessels, including discharges of ballast water

DOT fuel rule allows HAZMAT inspectors to remove suspicious packages

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 11 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has published a final rule that would allow federal hazardous materials (HAZMAT) inspectors to open, detain, remove, and divert suspicious packages in transit for further investigation

EPACoast Guard agree to coordinate vessel discharge enforcement activities

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 25 2011

EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on February 11, 2011, agreeing to jointly develop guidance and protocols for reporting violations, conducting inspections and training agency officials to implement the vessel discharge permitting program