by Elizabeth Renter, Natural Society:
If you need another reason to not trust the corporate giant that is Walmart, we have one for you. The largest retailer in America (somewhat) recently agreed to pay a $110 million fine to settle a years-long investigation into toxic dumping at stores throughout the country.
According to RT, the corporation pleaded guilty to dumping at more than 4,000 retail locations, where they were accused of putting hazardous chemicals in trash receptacles and sewage systems alike.
“As one of the largest retailers in the United States, Walmart is responsible not only for the stock on its shelves but also for the significant amount of hazardous materials that result from damaged products returned by customers, “said Melinda Haag, US Attorney for the Northern District of California, where the charges were filed. “The crimes in these cases stem from Walmart’s failure to comply with the regulations designed to ensure the proper handling, storage, and disposal of those hazardous materials and waste.”
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