Target has filed a $ 7.4 million lawsuit in the state of California for alleged alleged dumping by the company between 2012 and 2016.
The California Attorney General, Havier Becerra, said the mega chain would have to pay $ 3.2 million in fines, and another $ 3 million will be used for compliance inspections and waste facility inspections. Target will also finance environmental projects as part of the settlement.
The state and 24 local governments claimed that between 2012 and 2016 Target harmed hazardous waste ranging from batteries and aerosol cans to fluorescent lamps.
"Target's and and The improper disposal of hazardous waste and pollutants harmed the public and the environment," Becerra said in a statement.
The prosecutor claimed that Target 2,038 was carrying hazardous waste, 175 articles Confidential medical information and 94 "unlawfully disposed" articles were considered medical waste between 2012 and 2014 alone.
According to Becerra, Target was charged with violating state laws and "interim injunctions" from an earlier lawsuit in 2011.
"We are confident that this will be the case With strict interim measures and penalties, Target will make sensible changes to prevent this from ever happening again," Becerr said. "The wise step for all companies, however, is to comply with the law and use proactive training and processes to ensure that hazardous waste is a priority."
This is the second comparison of allegations that target with danger violated waste rules. As part of the 2011 settlement, Target agreed to pay fines, court fees and environmental funding of $ 22.5 million.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.