CAMAS, Wash. – After pleading guilty to two violations of the Clean Water Act this past summer in relation to the environmental impact of his derelict barge, the Davy Crockett, Bret Simpson still awaits sentencing in the matter. His hearing is now scheduled for March 18, where a judge will decide the punishment. He faces as many as six years in prison, though federal prosecutors are recommending 13 months and 100 hours of community service.
In the meantime, however, the Washington Department of Ecology has levied its own penalty: a $405,000 fine to Simpson and his company Principle Metals, for his role in neglecting to properly secure the Crockett or respond to an oil leak that ended up requiring $22 million in federal money, and $680,000 in Washington state funds, to clean up.
Simpson has 30 days to appeal the fine.