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Transport Company Sentenced for Illegal Mississippi River Dumping in Louisiana

Release Date: 04/24/2003
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John Millett 202-564-7842/

(04/24/03) For violating the Clean Water Act by dumping wastes into the Mississippi River, Sabine Transportation of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was sentenced to pay a $200,000 fine and serve 36 months probation by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Sabine must also develop an environmental compliance program. Between March 13 and 19, 1998, Sabine allowed approximately two tons of rust scale, bunker fuel residue and other cargo hold-related debris to be dumped from the S.S. Trinity into the Mississippi River at Violet, La. Sabine did not have a permit to discharge wastes into the river. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the U.S. Coast Guard. It was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Louisiana.