Lowe's Caught Illegally Dumping Hazardous Waste

Lowe's ordered to pay $18 million in hazardous waste lawsuit
Karina Ioffee, Bay Area News Group, April 2, 2014

Home improvement giant Lowe's has been ordered to pay $18 million for illegally disposing hazardous waste, including pesticides, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and other toxic materials, following a civil enforcement action filed Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court.

The settlement closed a civil environmental prosecution following a joint investigation by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s Office of Criminal Investigations, more than 30 California district attorneys and the city attorneys of Los Angeles and San Diego.

The suit alleged that more than 100 Lowe's stores throughout California routinely sent items such as pesticides, aerosols, paint and colorants, solvents, adhesives, batteries, mercury-containing fluorescent bulbs, electronic waste and other toxic, ignitable and corrosive materials to local landfills that were not permitted to receive the materials.

Used batteries and old fluorescent light bulbs collected from its stores' recycling programs were simply thrown in the trash, according to the suit.

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