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Idaho Tanker Company Owner Sentenced for Making False Statements and Violating Hazardous Materials Regulations

On November 19, 2021, Loren Kim Jacobson was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho to 1 month of incarceration, 3 years of supervised release, a $15,000 fine, and a $200 special assessment. In May 2021, Jacobson pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and for violating the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA). Jacobson, owner of KCCS Inc., a tanker testing and repair company, lied to OSHA during an investigation and made an illegal cargo tanker repair that violated the HMTA. The investigation arose when a cargo tanker repair caused an explosion at KCCS on August 14, 2018, severely injuring a KCCS employee.
 
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigation Division, Department of Labor OIG, with substantial assistance from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.