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Missouri Trucking Company, Owner Plead Guilty to Clean Air Act Violations

Release Date: 06/30/2004
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Christopher Lagan 202-564-7338/

(06/30/04) Voss Transportation, Inc., of Cuba, Mo.; and David Voss, owner of Voss Transportation; pled guilty on June 17 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in St. Louis. Voss Transportation pled to conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act (CAA), conspiracy to violate Department of Transportation regulations and a negligent violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA). David Voss pled to conspiracy to make a false statement to the government and to violation of the Clean Air Act. In 2001 and 2002 the Voss Truck Port in Cuba, Mo., illegally sold conventional gasoline at two Missouri service stations when they were required by the CAA to sell reformulated gasoline at those stations. The Voss Truck Port also negligently discharged 10,000 gallons of fuel oil into Pleasant Valley Creek in violation of the CWA and failed to notify the National Response Center about the oil spill. 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. The case was investigated by the St. Louis Area Office of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis.