By AP Staff Reporter
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a shipping company that illegally discharged wastewater to pay a $3.2 million criminal fine and institute an environmental compliance plan.
German shipping company MST pleaded guilty Monday to obstruction of justice and maintaining false records to conceal pollution from the M/V Marguerita, which made ports of call in Portland, Maine.
Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark called the company a “repeat offender” that has shown “contempt for the rule of law.” MST was convicted of similar environmental crimes in Minnesota in 2016.
In Maine, the company installed a system that bypassed pollution prevention control equipment, allowing discharges of oily mixtures and wastewater in 2016 and 2017.
The scheme was uncovered by a whistleblower. The chief engineer who allegedly orchestrated the illegal discharges has been fired.
In 2016, MST, was be required to pay an $800,000 criminal fine to the United States for similar offenses. The company also was required to make a $200,000 community service payment to help preserve the watershed of Lake Superior, and serve three years probation.