• Whistleblowers Awarded $250,000 for Reporting Illegal Discharge of Oil at Sea
  • June 7, 2005 | Author: Jeanne M. Grasso
  • Law Firm: Blank Rome LLP - Washington Office
  • The importance of implementing effective environmental compliance programs was recently demonstrated yet again. A federal district court in California has awarded four crew-members of the M/V Katerina a total of $250,000 under the bounty provision of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships for reporting to U.S. Coast Guard inspectors a ship's illegal discharge of oily bilge water and sludge at sea. This case marks the latest in a series of substantial whistleblower awards in cases involving the bypass of a ship's oil water separator.