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NEVADA CASINO FINED FOR DUMPING ASBESTOS FROM SHIP

20 years ago

On March 16, the Dunes Marina Resort and Casino Inc., (Dunes) of Reno, Nev., was fined $250,000 and placed on one year probation by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego after it entered a guilty plea to dumping asbestos in ocean waters in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. Dunes purchased the motor vessel Muskegon Clipper in 1994, intending to convert it into a river boat gambling casino. The vessel was towed from Seattle, Wash., through the Panama Canal to a shipyard in Mobile, Ala., where it was to be refitted. Dunes hired a crew to conduct demolition work on the Muskegon Clipper while it was enroute to the shipyard. Between March 28, 1994 and May 16, 1994, Dune employees dumped plastic bags containing asbestos into the ocean. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the FBI and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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