January 29, 2013
SEATTLE — Washington state regulators on Monday fined the owner of a derelict barge for spilling oil into the Columbia River near Camas during an illegal salvage operation in 2011.
Bret Simpson and his company, Principle Metals LLC, were fined $405,000, after regulators found the spill was caused by Simpson's negligence and that he failed to notify state authorities about the spill, the Department of Ecology said.
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