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U.S. EPA COLLECTS $125,000 FINE FROM GREAT LAKES DREDGE AND DOCK

 SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 30 ~PRNewswire~ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has collected a $125,000 penalty from Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. for violations associated with the Port of Oakland's illegal dredging of Oakland Inner Harbor in 1988.
 "This case involved serious environmental offenses -- dredging contaminated sediment and disposing of it in the ocean -- in clear violation of federal law," said Harry Seraydarian, U.S. EPA's Water Management Division director.
 Great Lakes violated the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act by illegally dredging and disposing of contaminated sediments from the Oakland Inner Harbor turning basin. Great Lakes conducted the operations as a contractor for the Port of Oakland. In February 1991, the port settled its portion of the enforcement case by paying $150,000 for illegally dredging about 8,800 cubic yards of sediments and disposing of them at an ocean site about 24 miles southwest of the Golden Gate Bridge.
 The penalty was assessed against Great Lakes after the U.S. EPA Environmental Appeals Board upheld a decision by U.S. EPA Region 9 that contaminated dredged materials should not be disposed of in the ocean.
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 ~CONTACT: Lois Grunwald of the U.S. EPA, 415-744-1588~


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