Costco fined $3.6M for hazardous waste
Costco will pay $3.6 million in civil penalties and costs that will help pay for consumer protection and environmental enforcement efforts in California.
Costco Wholesale Corp. will pay $3.6 million in fines in a settlement that regulators announced Monday over improper storage, handling and disposal of hazardous waste and pharmaceutical waste products in many stores.
Costco violated California safe storage laws over five years “at numerous Costco stores and distribution stores statewide, including five stores in Sacramento County, according to a news release.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and other DA offices investigated after San Joaquin County inspectors found problems with storage, handling and disposal of waste.
The Issaquah, Wash.-based retail chain, “cooperated with prosecutors and quickly came into compliance with hazardous waste management regulations,” according to a release from Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully.
Scully and 29 other California district attorneys announced the settlement Monday.
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