PITTSBURGH The owner of a
recycling operation in Washington has been jailed for causing
thousands of gallons of oil to spill into the Columbia
Bret A. Simpson, owner of
Ellensburg, Wash.-based Principle Metals LLC, has been
sentenced to four months in prison, eight months of home
arrest, 100 hours of community service and three years of
Simpson has already been fined
$405,000 by the state Department of Ecology after pleading
guilty to two violations of the Clean Water Act in the 2010
amm.com, Jan. 29).
Simpson allegedly didnt
drain the oil before illegally scrapping a derelict barge and
bypassed dry docking of the vessel, instead dismantling it
directly in the water. The oil was released into the water and
Simpson failed to report the oil spill. The cleanup effort took
295 days and cost $22 million.
"Simpson exhibited no regard for
the likelihood that his misguided salvage efforts could, and in
fact did, lead to an environmental emergency that was only
partially averted by a massive federal and state response,"
Jenny A. Durkan, U.S. Attorney in western Washington, said.