Ecology Fines Barge Owner For Columbia Spill; Incident Highlighted Problems With Derelict Vessels

The Washington Department of Ecology is fining Bret A. Simpson and his company Principle Metals LLC $405,000 for spilling oil and 40 days of ongoing environmental harm from continuing oil leaks to the Columbia River from the 431-foot derelict barge Davy Crockett during an illegal in-water scrapping operation.

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