Some things that happen in the world of sustainability, at least the government side, make no sense. We've seen EPA contamination this summer of the river in CO, now this.
Our environmental agencies cannot afford to lose such credibility.
This is a tough enough fight without what we deem to be leaders taking action contrary to protecting our natural resources.
NOAA Workers ‘Intentionally’ Dump Bilge Water Into Oceanby Kathryn Watson
4700619Federal engineers in an agency responsible for safeguarding the ocean environment “intentionally and repeatedly” dumped oily, dirty water into the ocean, then claimed they were exempt from the law, according to a federal watchdog.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employees dumped untreated bilge water from a ship’s bilge into the ocean roughly every six days throughout 2013, violating environmental laws, federal regulations and the agency’s own policies, the Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General found. They also spilled fuel in a harbor.
Bilge water can contain oil, urine, detergents, chemical solvents and foreign fish species that are hostile to those in the locale in which it is dumped, causing damage to the environment and wildlife. Government strictly regulates how, when and where ships coming into U.S. ports dump bilge water.