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Judge orders Toppenish to pay Clean Air Authority Fee

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TOPPENISH, Wash.-- A Yakima County Judge has ordered the city of Toppenish to start paying annual fees to the Yakima Clean Air Authority. Not only does the city have to pay the fee, but there's also the matter of the $13,000 Toppenish owes the Clean Air Authority.

City officials stopped paying the fees five years ago because Toppenish is on the Yakama Reservation, which is under the authority of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Superior Court Judge Michael McCarthy says in his ruling that Toppenish is still on the hook for the assessments.

Toppenish will likely wait to challenge it. The attorney representing the city says they're waiting for the judge's written decision before deciding whether to challenge.

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