Wal-Mart Pays $82M In Waste-Disposal Guilty Plea

Law360, New York (May 28, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is forking over $81.6 million to the federal government and pleading guilty to criminal charges of mishandling hazardous waste, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

The retail behemoth copped to six misdemeanor counts of negligently violating the Clean Water Act in discarding toxic material at many of its 4,000 stores across the country. Instead of training employees how to handle hazardous materials like pesticides or bleach that have been returned by customers, Wal-Mart allowed them to toss the products into municipal trash...
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