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Marine Corps Must Face North Carolina $8,000 Air Pollution Suit

July 29, 2021, 4:36 PM

The U.S. Marine Corps can’t avoid North Carolina’s lawsuit seeking $8,000 for state air pollution violations at its facility near Jacksonville because the federal government isn’t immune from the civil penalty, the Fourth Circuit ruled Thursday.

North Carolina sued after the federal government refused to pay the fine, plus $472 in investigation costs, for state air pollution violations at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Craven County. Cherry Point operated its steam boilers under a state permit that limited emissions of hazardous air pollutants. Tests in 2016 showed the facility’s boilers exceeded those limits.

North Carolina argued its ...

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