What does John Key think?

Sanford has been fined millions in the US for pollution:

New Zealand fishing company Sanford has been fined US$ 1.9 million (NZ$2.27m) for dumping oil waste at sea then attempting to cover up its actions.

US District Judge Beryl Howell this morning in a hearing in Washington DC also put the company on a three year probation from fishing in US waters.

Last year, listed company Sanford was found guilty in the United States District Court of seven charges relating to the running of its tuna boat, San Nikunau.

The charges followed an inspection of San Nikunau in Pago Pago, American Samoa, in July 2011. US Coast Guard inspectors witnessed crew clearing a bilge by pumping directly overboard without using the oil water separator

At the sentencing hearing Sanford told Judge Beryl Howell the company should be fined no more than US$450,000.

In its submission to the judge, Sanford, whose directors include National Party president Peter Goodfellow, said the court should recognise the company “has been a corporate leader in New Zealand in the development and implementation of sustainability practices”.

But the US Government said Sanford had caused harm to the marine environment in American Samoa. It called for the near-maximum fine of US$3 million, “because it is reasonable that the fine disgorge some amount of profit from defendant Sanford Ltd”.

What does John Key think?

After all, the director of this company is National Party president Peter Goodfellow, who represents the Goodfellow family as significant shareholders of Sanford….and the man John Key chose to be president

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