49 USC 5124 - Criminal penalty

(a) In General.— 
A person knowingly violating section 5104 (b) or willfully or recklessly violating this chapter or a regulation, order, special permit, or approval issued under this chapter shall be fined under title 18, imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both; except that the maximum amount of imprisonment shall be 10 years in any case in which the violation involves the release of a hazardous material that results in death or bodily injury to any person.
(b) Knowing Violations.— 
For purposes of this section
(1) a person acts knowingly when
(A) the person has actual knowledge of the facts giving rise to the violation; or

Advertisement
view counter
(B) a reasonable person acting in the circumstances and exercising reasonable care would have that knowledge; and
(2) knowledge of the existence of a statutory provision, or a regulation or a requirement required by the Secretary, is not an element of an offense under this section.
(c) Willful Violations.— 
For purposes of this section, a person acts willfully when
(1) the person has knowledge of the facts giving rise to the violation; and
(2) the person has knowledge that the conduct was unlawful.
(d) Reckless Violations.— 
For purposes of this section, a person acts recklessly when the person displays a deliberate indifference or conscious disregard to the consequences of that persons conduct.