2009 FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES MANUAL
CHAPTER 2 - PART Q - OFFENSES INVOLVING THE ENVIRONMENT
§2Q1.1. Knowing Endangerment Resulting From Mishandling Hazardous or Toxic Substances, Pesticides or Other Pollutants
(a) Base Offense Level: 24
Statutory Provisions: 18 U.S.C. § 1992(b)(3); 33 U.S.C. § 1319(c)(3); 42 U.S.C. § 6928(e).
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).