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California passes bill that calls for 75% reduction in single-use plastics by 2030

At the end of May, California Senate passed the ‘California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act’ according to which the producer manufacturers and retailers in California should reduce the waste generated by single-use packaging and products by 75%  by 2030 through producing less plastic, recycling more of it, making reusable packaging, or using compostable materials.

Greek ship operator’s crew faces pollution charges

The US Department of Justice informed that Capital Ship Management Corporation, a Greek ship operator and two cargo ship engineers face federal charges in water pollution case, involving dumping of oily waste. The defendants had failed to record illegal dumping of oily waste into international waters and obstruction of justice, by ordering the ship’s crew to lie about this action.

USCG responds to oil discharge incident in Louisiana

The US Coast Guard responded and commented on a crude oil discharge incident from the Bowley Cap Facility in Lake Bully Bonds near Galliano, Louisiana, Sunday, May 26. The source of oil discharge has been secured. Up to now the cause of the incident is under investigation.

Alaskan Senator permanently reauthorizes oil spill fund

US Senator Dan Sullivan introduced the Spill Response and Prevention Surety Act, legislation to modify and permanently reauthorize the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. The move coincides with the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the tanker Exxon Valdez.

Oil spill reported from container ship in Oakland

The US Coast Guard informed that it responded to a sheen reported from a container ship moored at the Matson Terminal in Oakland, on 22 February. The crewmembers of the ship noticed the sheen on 21 February, shortly after mooring. The Matsonia crew started the ship’s vessel response plan, informed the US Coast Guard and the National Response Center of the sheen and placed containment boom around the ship to contain the sheen.

Oil spill reported in Tennessee River near Paducah, Kentucky

The US Coast Guard informed that it is responding to a diesel oil spill in the Tennessee River near Paducah, Kentucky, that took place on February 19. The spill came from a vessel that hit a pier, while being transported by an assist tug to a dry dock. The pier opened a small gash in the vessel, which caused approximately 3,000 gallons of diesel to discharge into the water.

US court fines Navimax for discharging oily waste at sea

The US Department of Justice announced that Navimax Corporation was fined with $2,000,000 by a federal district court for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and obstructing a Coast Guard investigation. Namely, the company discharged oily waste at sea.

US suits company over pollution crimes

The US have filed a civil enforcement action against Azure Fishery LLC, the company’s managers, the operator of the commercial fishing vessel Jaxon T, and the new owner of the vessel for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. The US also lodged a partial settlement to resolve the claims against the two company managers.

US introduces legislation to protect its coasts from oil spills

US Senators introduced the Clean Coast Act, a legislation aiming to address key safety recommendations made after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, to protect US coasts from oil spills. In particular, the bill codifies the Blowout Preventer Systems & Well Control Rule and the Arctic Drilling Rule.

Barge firm fined $18,000 for spilling liquid fertilizer in US rivers

Tidewater Barge Lines been fined $18,000 for spilling 40,000 gallons of liquid urea ammonium nitrate into the Snake and Columbia rivers. An investigation by the Washington Department of Ecology found that two of its steel tank barges were not properly maintained, causing the liquid fertilizer to spill into the rivers during three separate incidents in April 2017.

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