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Captain sentenced for dumping violation

The captain of a South Korean-flagged ship has been sentenced by the U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Wash., for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.

Hae Wan Yang, 54, was sentenced to two months of home confinement in the United States and two years of supervised release for knowingly failing to maintain an accurate Garbage Record Book. The violation involved the dumping of six 55-gallon drums, 30 plastic-lined rice sacks, and about 200 garbage bags containing oil-contaminated grain during a July 2008 voyage from Korea to Longview, Wash., according to a release from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington.

In October 2008, the shipping company pleaded guilty and paid a $500,000 fine. It also made a $250,000 community service payment to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for use in projects to restore Puget Sound. The company also agreed to a stringent environmental compliance plan with outside auditing.

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