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March 18, 2013

A 53-year-old Ellensburg man was sentenced today to four months in prison for illegally discharging oil from the Davy Crockett barge into the Columbia River near Camas in late 2010 and early 2011 and failing to reporting the spills to authorities. Bret A. Simpson, owner of Principle Metals LLC, pleaded guilty in July 2012 to the crimes, which spawned an eight-month, $22 million oil cleanup and salvage operation on the river.