Wal-Mart’s dumping case settled

By Jamie Pert - May 4, 2010

We have recently heard that Wal-Mart Stores Inc has settled allegations of dumping hazardous waste at stores in California, not only have they paid millions to settle this but they have also decided to change their practices nationwide.

Prosecutors have recently revealed that Wal-Mart has agreed to pay $27.6 million to settle the allegations of violating environmental laws and regulations, these allegations stated that they had been improperly disposing a range of hazardous materials such as fertilizer, pesticide and aerosols.

Wal-Mart’s environmental affairs handler did not deny the violations, however did stated that these incidents happened at least four years ago, not only this but since then the company has “worked closely with the state of California on a comprehensive hazardous waste plan that includes improved training programs, policies and procedures”.

Many believe that paying $27.6 million is a bit of an insult given the fact that over 236 Californian stores and distribution centers were at fault, what do you think?

Source: MSNBC

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  • I find it difficult to believe Wal-Mart and Sam's Club are the only stores and/or households in California who have ever cleaned their sinks with products containing bleach. What exactly is the fine for a clean bathroom? I may need to get my checkbook out for this one.

  • jke

    We end up paying because they will raise prices to pay for it!

  • Don

    How about the pay the fine AND pay for the cleanup!?

  • Gene

    I believe Walmart should be held just as accountable as anyone else who chooses to polute our planet. Just because they are big, does not give them the right to ignore environmental laws. Walmart has been guilty of numerous shinagans.