Costco Will Pay Fine For GHG Emissions, Alter Practices

Law360, New York (September 8, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT) -- Costco Wholesale Corp. has agreed to pay $335,000 and spend about $2 million to cut its emissions of greenhouse gas chemicals from refrigeration equipment at more than half of its stores nationwide, according to documents filed in California federal court by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In a consent decree and concurrent complaint filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the EPA alleged Costco violated the federal Clean Air Act by failing to repair leaks of the refrigerant R-22, an ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbon, between 2004 and 2007. Costco also allegedly failed to keep adequate records of...

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