SAN DIEGO (AP) —  Prosecutors say a California judge has ordered Target Corp. to pay $22.5 million for illegally disposing hazardous waste at stores throughout the state.

Authorities said Thursday in San Diego that Alameda Superior Court Judge Steven Brick approved the payment as part of a settlement of a civil lawsuit filed by the state, 21 county district attorneys and city attorneys in San Diego and Los Angeles.

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Tim Patterson, supervising deputy state attorney general, says Target was found to have mishandled waste from 2002 until a few months after the lawsuit was filed in June 2009.

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Authorities say the Minneapolis-based retailer had no special procedures for handling waste such as oven cleaners, pool chemicals and hair coloring.

Target didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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