BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores here on Monday said it would pay $27 million as part of a settlement with environmental groups in California, which sued the retailer for improperly disposing of hazardous materials ranging from fertilizer to nail polish. Wal-Mart in a statement Monday said the incidents, stemming from materials that were returned to the store and then disposed of by store employees in the trash in violation of California business codes, happened four years ago, and that ...

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