Environmental Fines Reach Seven (plus) Figures for Retailers

You don’t need to be a typical “smokestack” company anymore to get hit with environmental fines.  According to a news report, “Costco has agreed to payout $3.6 million to put to end litigation against it for violations of state hazardous waste laws, the Santa Clara County District Attorney office announced Monday.”

The article goes on to say, “The statewide probe concluded that Costco improperly disposed of aerosol cans, used batteries and electronic devices. The investigations, which began in San Joaquin County, also found that employees did not dispose of the in-house cleaning supplies or other hazardous wastes safely.”

An interesting side note at the end of the article says, “As part of an analogous investigation, CVS settled with the state (California) in April for $13.75 million.”

If you have questions relating to environmental compliance or expert environmental services, contact Matthew Schroeder, P.E. (mschroeder@dragun.com) at 248-932-0228.

Link to the article: http://mountainview.patch.com/articles/costco-to-pay-county-29-750-in-settlement-from-environmental-suit

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