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Source: Radio Australia News

April 13, 2011

“The US Justice Department says its first conviction in American Samoa against a shipping company for polluting its waters is a big milestone in protecting the Pacific’s environment.

Earlier in April, the Koo’s Shipping Company of Taiwan, was fined $US1 million after pleading guilty to knowingly discharging oily bilge waste into Pago Pago Harbor.

The US Justice Department lawyer, Kenneth Nelson, says $US250,000 of the fine has been allocated to coral reef restoration projects in American Samoa.”

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