This simulation underlines the level of importance government places on the preservation of the environment and its means of enforcing environmental regulation. The simulation also deals with the ethical issues facing business managers involved in resolving potentially damaging lawsuits, and the preferred legal way out of such dilemmas.
Target, KMart, and Illegal Hazardous Waste Dumping in California
By David Goguen on June 17, 2009 8:09 AM | No TrackBacks
Retail Giants' Waste Disposal Practices are No Bargain for the Environment
Target stores throughout California have been unlawfully disposing of hazardous waste materials for at least eight years, according to a lawsuit filed against the retail giant this week by the California Attorney General and a number of local prosecutors.
Another big-box retailer, KMart Corporation, reached a settlement in May over similar waste dumping allegations, agreeing to revise its disposal practices and pay more than $8 million in penalties, the state's AG announced.
The complaint against Target details dozens of alleged environmental law violations by the company -- everything from improper disposal of hazardous materials (aerosol wastes, propane, spray cleaners, mercury-containing light bulbs) to failure to comply with legal requirements related to waste storage facility inspections and record-keeping. Read the Complaint Against Target Corporation.
In all, improper hazardous waste disposal practices at Target's roughly 200 California stores have prompted over 300 violation notices from local environmental and health agencies over the past eight years, the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting.
KMart, which operates in about 100 locations in California, had been accused of unlawfully dumping hazardous waste and failing to account for most of the waste it generated at stores from 2002 to 2007, according to the California Attorney General's Office.
In a settlement reached late