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Lowe’s to Pay $18.1M in Illegal Dumping Settlement

lowees-logoHome improvement retailer Lowe’s Home Centers will pay $18.1 million to settle claims that more than 100 of its stores in California illegally dumped hazardous waste in landfills.

The civil environmental prosecution settlement with Lowe’s, approved in Alameda Superior Court, followed a joint investigation by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s Office of Criminal Investigation, more than 30 district attorneys and city attorneys from Los Angeles and San Diego. The civil environmental enforcement action was led by district attorneys of Alameda, San Joaquin and Solano counties, according to DTSC.

The suit alleged that 118 of the big box retailer’s California stores threw away hazardous waste in local landfills for nearly seven years. The hazardous waste and materials included pesticides, aerosols, paint and colorants, solvents, adhesives, batteries, mercury-containing fluorescent bulbs, electronic waste and other toxic, ignitable and corrosive materials, according to DTSC.

Under the settlement, Lowe’s must pay $12.9 million in civil penalties and costs. The company will pay $2.1 million to fund supplement environmental projects and $3.2 million for projects to minimize hazardous waste.

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