FedEx Ground Package System allegedly violated California’s hazardous waste control laws more than 1,500 times, according to a civil complained filed by the state Department of Toxic Substances Control.
The complaint alleges that since at least November 2008, FedEx Ground failed to properly manage as hazardous waste broken or leaking packages that contained hazardous materials such as acids, solvents, insecticides, batteries and other flammable, toxic or corrosive materials.
According to the state department, in more than 1,500 instances, FedEx Ground unlawfully transported hazardous waste packages to FedEx Ground hub facilities that were not authorized to accept hazardous waste. The complaint also alleges that at its three California hubs (one each in Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Bernadino counties), FedEx Ground unlawfully received and stored hazardous waste.
FedEx Ground is alleged to have transported hazardous waste without hazardous waste transporter registration and without use of a hazardous waste manifest. At its 31 California terminals, FedEx Ground is alleged to have failed to make hazardous waste determinations, failed to obtain required identification numbers, failed to fill out hazardous waste manifests, failed to send the hazardous waste packages to authorized facilities and failed to properly label the hazardous waste packages.
The violations, if proven, subject FedEx Ground to civil penalties of up to $25,000 for each separate violation.
Earlier this year Lowe’s Home Centers paid $18.1 million to settle claims that more than 100 of its stores in California illegally dumped hazardous waste in landfills.