Calif. Bill Threatens Inland Water Polluters With Jail

Law360 (March 5, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Company executives who fail to report an oil spill in inland waters or file a misleading report could face jail time if a California lawmaker’s new bill gains approval.

Rep. Pedro Nava introduced A.B. 305 last week that aims to get tougher on inland water polluters by raising the penalties to a level usually reserved for ocean polluters. Inland water polluters already face a $50,000 fine, but the bill would also enable prosecutors to seek up to a year in county jail.

“This increased enforcement will...
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