Barge scrapper indicted on pollution charges

Sep 30, 2011 | 03:54 PM | Michael Marley

Tags  ship scrapping, Priniciple Metals, Bret Simpson, Michael Marley

PHILADELPHIA — The owner of a central Washington state scrap company has been charged with two counts of violating the federal Clean Water Act by letting oil from a barge he was scrapping escape into the Columbia River.

Bret A. Simpson, owner of Principle Metals LLC, Ellensburg, Wash., was indicted by a federal grand jury for unlawfully discharging oil into the Columbia River near Camas, Wash., between Dec. 3, 2010, and Jan. 28, 2011, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for western Washington said in a statement. The second count accuses Simpson of failing to notify authorities of the oil discharge.....

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