At first I thought it was a joke when I saw this in the newspaper, but when I went to the USEPA website, I realised it is serious stuff! The US does take it seriously. It reminds me of Singapore's Corrective Work Order for repeat litter offences. Basically, if you're a repeat offender, you will be sentenced to CWO and your photo will be published by the local paper. It will be the only time that you will ever get to grace the front cover!
Here are some of the crimes that the fugitives did. Some actually fled the US!
a) selling ozone depleting substances illegally smuggled into the US
b) possessing ozone depleting substances
c) Illegal discharge of hazardous substance into navigable waters of the United States
d) ordered the crew of a ship to lie to the U. S. Coast Guard concerning the waste oil management system.
e) Illegal transportation, storage and disposal of mercury contaminated soil
f) Illegal discharge of pollutants
g) illegally imported automobiles that did not meet the United States emissions standards.
They must be pretty tough on penalties for these guys to flee the country.
And, looking at the lastest cases in the US, some of the cases involve MNCs. These are the big names who have operations in our part of the world. If they can't clean up their act in the West, I wonder how they can manage to stay clean in Asia. Oh dear.....