San Diego man pleads guilty in connection with three oil-pollution incidents

San Diego – United States Attorney Karen P. Hewitt has announced that a San Diego man pled guilty in connection with three oil-pollution incidents involving a vessel docked at the G Street pier in San Diego Harbor. Damon Anthony Silva pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge Jan Adler to three misdemeanor counts of unlawful discharge of pollutants, in violation of the federal Clean Water Act.

At the time of his plea, Silva admitted that during the period from September 14, 2006 through December 2, 2006, he lived aboard the FV Kathryn Ann, which was docked at the G Street pier in San Diego Harbor. On September 18, 2006, he spilled diesel fuel from the Kathryn Ann onto the pier and used a hose to rinse the fuel into San Diego Harbor. The second incident occurred on November 14, 2006, during which Silva used a hose to pump oily bilge water from the Kathryn Ann, allowing the oily bilge water to be discharged from the hose into San Diego Harbor. During the third incident, which occurred on December 2, 2006, Silva was transferring diesel fuel aboard the Kathryn Ann and allowed the diesel fuel to overflow from the deck of the Kathryn Ann into San Diego Harbor. Silva had no permit that would allow any discharge of pollutants into San Diego Harbor.

As part of the plea agreement, the defendant agreed to reimburse the United States Coast Guard in the amount of $12,203.64 and the California Department of Fish and Game Oil Spill Response Trust Fund in the amount of $2,404.20 for the costs incurred in responding to the three incidents.

Silva will be sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jan Adler on May 20, 2008, at 2:00 p.m.

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