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U.S. Jugde imposed sanctions to New Zealand company for dumping oil waste into U.S. waters off American Samoa.

U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell imposed a New Zealand fishing company to pay $2.4 million plus a sentence of three years of probation for dumping oil waste into U.S. waters off American Samoa.

The chief engineer of Sanford Ltd. company’s ship faces one  month in prison for alleged falsifying records in an effort to cover up the dumping of oil waste.

Jugde Howell directed Sanford Ltd. to pay a $1.9 criminal fine and to make a $500,000 community service payment to National Marine Sanctuaries, trustee for the U.S. nation’s system of marine protected areas. During the probationary period, Sanford Ltd. is banned from fishing in U.S. waters unless it petitions the court and shows it is following an satisfactory environmental compliance program.