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Landowner fined for 2,700-gallon oil spill in Yakima River

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A landowner has been fined $28,000 for an oil spill that contaminated the Yakima River in March 2015.

The Tri-City Herald reported Wednesday that the spill contaminated dozens of ducks and geese, with 77 mallards and gray geese brought to an empty Pasco warehouse to have oil cleaned off and be rehabilitated.

The spill also fouled wetlands, Yakama Nation reservation lands and a fish hatchery. Some of the birds died.

The landowner, Ward Deaton, says he regrets the spill occurred and is working with the state Department of Ecology on next steps to clean it up.

The Department states about 2,700 gallons (10,220 liters) of oil spilled from an above-ground storage tank.

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