The Yakima Herald reported that city officials stopped paying the fees five years ago because Toppenish is on the Yakama reservation, which is under the authority of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Superior Court Judge Michael G. McCarthy said in an oral ruling Thursday that Toppenish is still on the hook for the assessments.
Yakima attorney Pat Spurgin is representing Toppenish. He said the city is waiting for the judge's written decision before deciding whether to challenge it.
A clean air agency spokesman said Toppenish owes about $13,000.
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