KODIAK — A Kodiak man faces serious fines after being indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for dumping pollutants into St. Paul Harbor.
Victor Buchanan, 56, was charged with dumping oil-contaminated bilge water and raw sewage from his 86-foot commercial fishing vessel Chisik Island into St. Paul Harbor between Sept. 30 and Oct. 4, 2011.
The United States Coast Guard Investigative Service, the Coast Guard cutter Sherman and the Marine Safety Detachment in Kodiak conducted the investigation.
The Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act states that it is illegal to knowingly discharge any form of oil into navigable waters of the U.S. or adjoining shorelines. Buchanan faces a felony charge for violating this act, and also faces a misdemeanor charge for violating the Refuse Act that states it is illegal to discharge refuse matter into the navigable waters of the U.S. without a permit.
Buchanan could receive up to three years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines per day of violation, said U.S. Attorney Retta Randall.
The determined sentence will be based on the seriousness of the offenses.
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