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Owner of Derelict Barge Davy Crockett Indicted
on Charges of Polluting Columbia River

by Scott Learn
The Oregonian, September 29, 2011

(WA Dept. of Ecology) The 431-foot barge, Davy Crockett, sits aground on the northern bank of the Columbia River near Camas, Wash., Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. Coast Guard and Washington State Dept. of Ecology pollution response teams, along with marine inspectors, responded to the scene to check for any possible pollution and determine the overall condition of the vessel. The cause of the grounding is unknown. A federal grand jury today indicted a Washington man on accusations of attempting to scrap the barge Davy Crockett in the Columbia River and spewing pollution, an incident that sparked a $20 million government cleanup earlier this year.

Bret A. Simpson, a scrap dealer from Ellensburg, Wash., is charged with two felony counts of Clean Water Act violations in December and January, one for unlawful discharge and one for failing to immediately report the pollution.

The indictment alleges that Simpson purchased the 430-foot converted World War II Navy vessel in June 2010, knew it had fuel oil and diesel aboard, but did not remove the contamination before beginning to scrap it on the Columbia near Camas, Wash.

Simpson and a crew began dismantling the barge in October. On Dec. 1, the vessel started breaking and began to leak after a worker cut a structural beam. But neither Simpson nor anyone else acting on behalf of his company, Principle Metals, LLC, reported the pollution, the indictment says. He did stop the scrapping and used a containment boom to limit the release.

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Related Pages:
Cleanup of Derelict Barge Davy Crockett on Columbia River Nearly Complete by Scott Learn, The Oregonian, 8/23/11
Davy Crockett One of Many Dilapidated Vessels on the Columbia by Kristian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Public Broadcasting, 2/3/11

Scott Learn
Owner of Derelict Barge Davy Crockett Indicted on Charges of Polluting Columbia River <-- Full story at original site.
The Oregonian, September 29, 2011

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