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Missouri Trucking Company, Owner and Employee Indicted

Release Date: 12/11/2003
Contact Information:

Luke C. Hester 202-564-7818 /
Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819 /

(12/11/03) Voss Transportation Inc., of Cuba, Mo., and two of its associates, David Voss, the owner, and Merry Robinson, the dispatcher, were indicted on Dec. 1 on various federal charges including alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA). Specifically, the charges allege that in 2001 and 2002 the defendants knowingly sold conventional gasoline at two Missouri service stations when they were required by the CAA to sell reformulated gasoline at those stations. They are also charged with negligently discharging fuel oil into Pleasant Valley Creek in violation of the CWA, and violation of CWA by failing to notify the National
Response Center about this oil spill. Finally, they are charged with conspiring to make false statements by their allegedly concealing the fact that drivers working for Voss Transportation were working more hours than allowed by law (also known as “over-hours” work). On April 24, 2000, a Voss Transportation driver was killed in a fatal highway accident while working over-hours. Selling gasoline that does not meet CAA requirements contributes to creating an air pollution hazard that can cause distress to individuals with respiratory conditions. Illegally discharging oil into surface waters can harm fish and wildlife and make the waters unsuitable for recreational and drinking water uses. If convicted on all charges, the company faces a maximum criminal fine of approximately $1.5 million and the individual defendants each face a maximum sentence of up to 16 years in prison and/or up to $775,000 in criminal fines. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division (St. Louis), the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis. An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty in a court of law.