US Pushes Tough Prison Term For Barge Owner's $22M Oil Spill

Law360, New York (December 10, 2012, 7:49 PM EST) -- Federal prosecutors on Friday asked a federal judge in Washington state to reject a plea for leniency from a barge owner who admitted to violating the Clean Water Act by causing a $22 million oil spill in the Columbia River, saying he deserves 13 months imprisonment. 

Prosecutors said that Principle Metals LLC owner Bret A. Simpson, who abandoned his 430-foot barge that was moored in the Columbia River after it began leaking oil, should not receive any downward departure in his sentence since he knowingly violated...
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