- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Two companies involved in a 2012 oil spill while dismantling a barge on the Hylebos Waterway have settled their penalties with the state.

The Washington Department of Ecology says it fined Tacoma Industrial Properties and RV Associates $24,800 in 2013 after a spill of about 25 gallons in 2012.

The oil spilled while the companies were dismantling a barge without permits. It caused a sheen that covered about 23 acres of waterway.

The settlement agreement reduces the penalty to $17,000 in exchange for a pact to end all litigation in the case.

The agreement requires a $5,000 payment. The remaining $12,000 will be satisfied by a plan that creates a salt marsh along the shore of the Hylebos Waterway. That project is scheduled to begin this summer.

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