Albertsons has agreed to a $3.4 million settlement with a group of agencies in Southern California following a lawsuit that charged the chain with illegal disposal, transportation, storage and mismanagement of hazardous waste.
The state has filed similar charges against other chains over the last few years. Albertsons settled the case without admitting fault or liability.
As part of the settlement, it said it will develop and implement an environmental program that includes employee training, Dumpster audits and progress reports to the participating prosecuting agencies for five years.
The settlement culminates a civil enforcement action filed in the Superior Court of Los Angeles on behalf of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office and the district attorneys’ offices in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties.
The suit alleged that Albertsons had violated the California Hazardous Waste Law by unlawfully disposing of and transporting hazardous waste and failing to properly manage the waste at its facilities. Hazardous wastes included over-the-counter medications, pharmaceuticals, aerosol products, ignitable liquids, batteries, electronic devices and pool chemicals.
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