LOS ANGELES (AP) — Home improvement chain Lowe’s HIW, Inc. will
pay $2.75 million to a Southern California air quality agency for selling paints and coatings that contain smog-forming ingredients.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District said Friday the settlement comprises $2.45 million in civil penalties and $300,000 to cover the costs of the agency’s investigation. Lowe’s has not admitted any culpability in the settlement.

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Barry Wallerstein, executive officer of the AQMD, says paints and coatings are one of the most significant sources of air pollution in Southern California.

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The AQMD routinely inspects home improvement retailers to ensure that paints sold to consumers comply with air quality regulations.

Earlier this year, the agency reached a $2 million settlement with Wal-Mart over the sale of noncompliant paints.

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