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Environmental Crimes Historic Conviction:  Fiscal Year 2002; Case ID# CR_853(Louisiana)
Illegal dredging and dumping in Lake Pontchartrain catches a $300,000 fine

One of 67 Clean Water Act Criminal Prosecutions in Louisiana (from 1989-2022)

The defendant in this case is a holding company involved in a real estate development on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. The company did not have a permit to dredge in Lake Pontchartrain.

Investigators found the defendant had dredged and discharged the material in Lake Pontchartrain. The defendant was charged with a single count violation of the Clean Water Act, knowing violation for the dredge and discharge without permit.

The defendant entered a guilty plea to the CWA charge. Sentencing involved a federal fine plus restitution payments allocated between four environmental organizations working in and around Lake Pontchartrain, including $20,000 to Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, $10,000 to the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, $5,000 to the Southern Environmental Enforcement Network and $3,000 to Keep Our Peaceful Environment.

Federal Fine: $300,000; Restitution: $38,000

CWA CrimeBox briefs are compiled from EPA Criminal Enforcement records.

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