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Dec 7, 2012 5:27 AM by AP

Liberian corp. ordered to pay $500,000 penalty

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department says a Liberian corporation was ordered to pay a $500,000 penalty after pleading guilty to violating a federal pollution law.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan handed down the sentence Thursday against Tyana Navigation Limited. The money will be designated for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

A Justice Department news release says case involved a cargo ship owned by the company. The ship dumped engine room sludge directly overboard from late September 2011 until late July 2012, including time when it was in United States Waters. The department said the guilty plea involved a record book that was falsified to state that the sludge was incinerated.

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