Recycler facing jail after admitting oil spill

Jul 16, 2012 | 10:26 AM | Lisa Gordon

Tags  scrap, Principle Metals, Bret Simpson, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — The owner of a recycling business is facing up to five years in jail for allowing thousands of gallons of oil to leak into the Columbia River in Washington, resulting in a $20-million cleanup effort.

Bret A. Simpson, owner of Principle Metals LLC, Ellensburg, Wash., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to discharging oil into the river and failing to report the discharge, both violations of the Clean Water Act, according to a news release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in....

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