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Coast Guard To Collect $4M From NY Barge Explosion

NEW YORK (AP) - The Coast Guard will collect $4 million from the owner and operator of a barge that exploded in 2003 near New York's Staten Island.

The New York Post reports that the civil penalty announced Tuesday is the largest ever collected by the Coast Guard in a federal Clean Water Act case. Bouchard Transportation Co. of Melville and its owner, the B. No. 125 Corp., agreed to the settlement. It's awaiting approval from a Brooklyn federal judge.

More than 50,000 barrels of unleaded gasoline spilled into the Arthur Kill during the explosion.

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Information from: New York Post, http://www.nypost.com