Trucker pleads guilty to not reporting spill

| 9/25/2001

A South Carolina truckdriver pleaded guilty last week to a federal charge of failure to report a release of hazardous waste. The driver faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Russell Moneypenny, of Williamsport, failed to stop after his tanker leaked about 30 gallons of "skunk water" last May along Interstate 64 in downtown Charleston. Moneypenny violated a federal law requiring the National Response Center in Washington, DC, to be notified any time there is a chemical leak. He is scheduled to be sentenced in December.

Skunk water is a "highly flammable and extremely malodorous hazardous solution containing, among other things, teri-butyl mercaptan, methanol and benzene," according to the charge filed against him. The spill reportedly sent at least nine people to the hospital.