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Swedish firm fined for covering up illegal dumping

Swedish firm fined for covering up illegal dumping

The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey says a Swedish shipping company will pay a $1 million fine and a $400,000 community service payment for covering up illegal dumping of oily waste at sea.
Prosecutors say Coast Guard inspectors who boarded the oceangoing refrigerator ship M/V Snow Flower in February 2008 at the Gloucester City marine terminal found discrepancies in the ship's oil record book.
Stockholm-based Holy House Shipping pleaded guilty in October to illegal disposal of oil waste at sea and making false statements to authorities. The ship's engineer pleaded guilty in November and was fined $8,000 and given one year's probation.
Under terms of the plea agreement, $400,000 will go to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for projects to restore marine habitats in New Jersey.