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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


Former ship’s chief engineer pleads guilty in federal court to ocean dumping and cover-up
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 27 2012

The former chief engineer of a tuna fishing vessel owned by Sanford Ltd. pleaded guilty April 17, 2012, in federal court in the District of Columbia to a criminal violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS ) for dumping “oily bilge waste” from the vessel directly into the sea without using mandatory pollution prevention equipment and for lying to U.S. Coast Guard investigators


Fourth Circuit rejects challenge to $11-billion Virginia highway project
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • March 2 2012

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a challenge by environmental groups to an $11-billion proposal to widen a 325-mile stretch of Interstate Highway 81 in Virginia


Federal jury orders $2-million criminal fine for ocean dumping and cover up
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 6 2012

A federal jury in Louisiana has ordered the Ilios Shipping Co. to pay a $2-million criminal fine for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and for obstructing justice by covering up illegal discharges of bilge waste and sludge directly into the ocean


South Carolina reinstates tax credits for purchase, lease of plug-in hybrid vehicles
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • June 15 2012

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) signed legislation (H.R. 3059) on May 14, 2012, reinstating an income tax credit for the purchase or lease of new plug-in hybrid vehicles for tax years 2012 through 2016


Montana railroad project remanded to assess cumulative impacts
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • January 20 2012

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Board (STB ) failed to take the environmental impact “hard look” required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NE PA) when it approved three applications to build railroad lines to haul coal in Montana


Shipping company to pay $2 million criminal fine for ocean dumping and false statements
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • January 20 2012

The Greek-based Ilios Shipping Co. S.A. has reportedly agreed to pay a $2-million criminal fine after pleading guilty in a federal court in Louisiana to charges that it violated the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and filed false statements with Coast Guard investigators


Federal court upholds FHWA decision on proposed Kansas Highway bypass
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • November 19 2010

A federal court in Kansas has upheld a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) decision to locate a seven-mile, four-lane divided freeway along the southern edge of Lawrence, Kansas, to connect the existing K-10 HighwayUS-59 Highway interchange to K-10 Highway


Federal Railroad Administration increases penalties for hazardous material
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • February 22 2013

The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a rule adjusting its penalties under the Hazardous Material Transportation Act (HMTA). 78 Fed. Reg. 9


Federal court rules that ocean-dumping law and regs provide fair notice of proscribed conduct
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • May 25 2012

A federal court in the District of Columbia has refused to dismiss criminal ocean-dumping charges against a commercial fishing company and two men serving as chief engineer, thereby rejecting defendants’ argument that the criminal indictment failed to state a clear offense under the law because the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and regulations did not clearly enough define certain terms