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Royal City, WA Feed Company Fined for Illegally Dumping Diesel Fuel

Release Date: 12/17/2003
Contact Information: Suzanne Ackerman
(202) 564-7819

December 17, 2003

Brown Boys Feed Inc., of Royal City, Wash., pled guilty on Dec. 8 to violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act by illegally disposing of diesel fuel. The defendant was sentenced to pay a $35,000 fine and serve two years probation.

Additionally, the defendant has paid $46,000 to clean up the illegal fuel dump site, and will be required to disclose all financial information, including tax returns, during the probation period. In its plea, Brown Boys Feed admitted to illegally dumping diesel fuel at a work site near Vantage, Wash., in 2001, after the Washington State Patrol discovered the trucks were illegally using untaxed diesel fuel, or "red fuel," for highway driving.

The use of red fuel is legal only in farm vehicles. Diesel fuel contains benzene, a known cause of cancer. Brown Boys Feed has a history of civil fines for environmental violations, having previously paid fines totaling $125,000 to the Washington Department of Ecology.

The case was investigated by the Portland Area Office of EPA's Criminal Investigation Division and the Washington Department of Ecology. It was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Yakima., Wash.
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