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Seattle’s Manson Construction Company fined $10,000 for 2010 fuel spill in Tacoma’s Blair Waterway

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on April 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
April 30, 2012 1:44 pm

A Seattle-based construction company has been fined $10,000 for spilling 177 gallons of diesel into the Blair Waterway.

The Washington State Department of Ecology announced the fine Monday. The spill happened Oct. 29, 2010, when Manson Construction Co. was transferring fuel from a tugboat to a barge.

Manson “failed to monitor the transfer and the tank level of the (barge), and consequently diesel fuel overflowed,” according to an Ecology news release.

The spill happened just off the Washington United Terminal at the Port of Tacoma.

Of the 177 gallons spilled, 168 were recovered from the water, the news release said.

“People are working hard to clean up contamination from past activities at this Superfund site. It’s important not to contaminate the waterway again,” said Jim Sachet, a spill response supervisor.

The state also charged Manson $2,800 for spill cleanup, as state law requires. Manson has 30 days to appeal the penalty.

“Manson Construction takes environmental quality very seriously and deeply regrets this incident taking place,” said Eric Haug, President of Manson Construction Company, in the news release. “Manson has taken actions to prevent such accidents in the future.”

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