A federal court has ordered a Taiwan-based shipping corporation to pay a $1 million criminal penalty after it entered a guilty plea to making false statements, failing to keep adequate records and knowingly discharging oily bilge waste into the ocean without using required pollution-prevention equipment. U.S. v. Koo’s Shipping Co., No. 11-34 (D.D.C. plea 3/31/11). The guilty plea stemmed from the dumping of oily bilge waste in Pago Pago Harbor, American Samoa, on several days in 2010. The Coast Guard found the waste discharges during an inspection of the ship’s engine room and interviews with crew members. The company was also placed on probation for three years. See BNA Daily Environment Report, April 1, 2011.