California Regional Water Quality Control Bd. v. Department of the Navy

ELR Citation: ELR 20471
No(s). C-72-1865-SC (N.D. Cal. Dec 28, 1973)

The state's motion for partial summary judgment on its claim for damages of $6,000 per day for an oil spill from a U.S. Navy vessel is denied on the grounds that federal agencies and officers are not liable for civil penalties. The Navy may not invoke the doctrine of sovereign immunity and, in fact,...