- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota regulators have rejected a recommendation to dismiss $950,000 in fines against a trucking company accused of illegally dumping saltwater on a Williams County road in 2014.

The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1Tf7nR6 ) reports the North Dakota Industrial Commission on Monday rejected the recommendation from Administrative Law Judge Patrick Ward in favor of Wyoming-based Black Hills Trucking Inc.

The company is accused of illegally dumping saltwater on gravel roads about five miles southeast of Tioga in February and March 2014. The Department of Mineral Resources sought the fines after an inspector witnessed illegal dumping firsthand.

Saltwater can pose a danger to the environment and must be disposed following rules established by the Industrial Commission.

Ward concluded the state’s Health Department, but not the Industrial Commission, has jurisdiction to impose the fines.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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