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Coast Guard check in NC port finds pollution crime

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A cargo ship's owners have been ordered to pay an $850,000 fine after Coast Guard inspectors in North Carolina found the ship was dumping oily waste at sea.

The Jacksonville Daily News reported Thursday the cargo ship M/T Chem Faros had docked at the state port in Morehead City in March when inspectors came aboard. They found that crew members had run a pipe bypassing onboard pollution control equipment.

The Coast Guard checked the ship's records and found that for at least seven months the ship had been releasing oily waste on its travels between ports in Asia and the United States.

A federal judge this week sentenced the cargo ship company to the fine and a five-year probation during which it must operate under an environmental compliance plan.

Information from: The Daily News

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