2 fishing companies will have to pay up for polluting Pacific waters

Two fishing companies have been ordered to pay more than $20,000 each for ocean pollution. It’s part of a federal settlement with the managers and operators of Triple Dragon LLC. and Captain Millions III. The two fishing companies allegedly discharged oily bilge waste in waters off Hawaii, which is a violation of the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Officials said the companies also failed to provide the proper tools which would’ve retained the oily mixtures on board. The discharged waste reportedly included fuel oil, lubricating oils, and other fluids from the vessels’ engine room, the DOJ said. “All vessels, including commercial fishing vessels like these, must comply with the longstanding Clean Water Act environmental protection requirements as part of their normal operations,” Rear Adm. Brian Penoyer, Commander, Coast Guard 14th District, said.

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