Whistleblowers can report information about a violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (“APPS”) and receive a reward under U.S. law. APPS implements the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (“MARPOL”). The law was enacted in the United States in 1980.
The problem targeted by the law, ocean dumping of oil and sludge, happens on between 10 to 15 percent of commercial ships on the ocean and was called “virtually an epidemic” by a Department of Justice prosecutor.
Without whistleblowers, it would be difficult for the government to learn of illegal oil dumping. Every year, sailors and engineers report the illegal dumping of oil to start or facilitate U.S. investigations of oil pollution in the ocean.
The U.S. offers a reward for whistleblowers reporting improper ocean dumping of oily waste. To speak to one of our whistleblower attorneys, call 1-800-590-4116.