Mar 29, 2012 9:44 AM by AP

La. company pleads guilty in pollution probe

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Houma company has pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water Act in a pollution case investigated by state and federal authorities.

CTCO Shipyard of Louisiana LLC faces a maximum fine of $500,000 and up to five years of probation following its guilty plea Tuesday. Its sentencing by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is set for June 28.

Federal prosecutors say the company failed to collect and test "discharge samples" for pollutants and submit monitoring reports to the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Prosecutors say the company's conduct violated the terms of a state permit for more than 18 months.


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