CHAPTER TWO - OFFENSE CONDUCT


PART Q - OFFENSES INVOLVING THE ENVIRONMENT


1.      ENVIRONMENT


§2Q1.1.    Knowing Endangerment Resulting From Mishandling Hazardous or Toxic Substances, Pesticides or Other Pollutants

(a)    Base Offense Level:  24


Commentary

Statutory Provisions:  18 U.S.C. § 1992(b)(3); 33 U.S.C. § 1319(c)(3); 42 U.S.C. § 6928(e).

Application Note:

1.      If death or serious bodily injury resulted, an upward departure may be warranted.  See Chapter Five, Part K (Departures).

Background:  This section applies to offenses committed with knowledge that the violation placed another person in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury.

Historical Note:  Effective November 1, 1987.  Amended effective November 1, 2007 (see Appendix C, amendment 699).