BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores here said it has entered into plea agreements with the U.S. Attorney's offices in the Northern and Central Districts of California and the U.S. Attorney's office for the Western District of Missouri regarding misdemeanor violations of certain environmental laws.
The company also said it has signed an administrative resolution with the Environmental Protection Agency to resolve compliance issues that took place years ago. According to Wal-Mart, the agreements follow previous civil settlements it entered into in California in 2010 and Missouri in 2012 that addressed the same facts raised by the federal government more recently — issues Wal-Mart said it has already remedied.
The company said the incidents on which the charges were based occurred years ago and involved the transportation and disposal of common consumer products. Although no specific environmental impact has been alleged since then, Wal-Mart said it designed and implemented comprehensive environmental programs that remain in place.
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"The programs were built around training, policies and procedures on how to safely handle consumer products that become hazardous waste, and we continue to run the same programs in every store and club that were deployed years ago," Phyllis Harris, senior vice president and chief compliance officer for Walmart U.S., said.
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