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.READ MORE: Public Health Officials Lift Warnings For Certain LA County Beaches
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.READ MORE: Fourth Officer Who Responded To January 6 Attack Dies By Apparent Suicide
Authorities say the Minneapolis-based retailer had no special procedures for handling waste such as oven cleaners, pool chemicals and hair coloring.
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