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Rite Aid To Give $6000 To SMFD
Posted by Nashfa Hawwa on Sep 25, 2013 - 5:45:40 PM
SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Fire Department will receive $6,000 from the drug-store chain Rite Aid because of a multi-million dollar court settlement that accused Rite Aid of allegedly improperly disposing of hazardous waste materials.
Rite Aid had allegedly transported and disposed hazardous waste in local landfills including, but not limited to pharmaceutical and biochemical hazards in a six-and half year period. The official complaint document stated that Rite Aid, the “defendant had stocked, stored, and sold hazardous materials at and from Defendant’s facilities. These hazardous materials include, but are not limited to, pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medications, bleaches, photo processing chemicals, pool chlorine and acids, pesticides, fertilizers, batteries, electronic devices, mercury containing lamps, paints, lamp oil and other ignitable liquids, aerosol products, oven cleaners and various other cleaning agents, automotive products, and other flammable, reactive, toxic and corrosive materials. Defendant also generated regulated quantities of hazardous waste at each of Defendant's Facilities as a result of various causes, including but not limited to, damage to containers, spills and releases of hazardous materials, sharps waste, pharmaceutical and pharmacy wastes, photo waste containing silver, and various hazardous wastes generated from customer returns of hazardous products.”
The official complaint document also stated that the lawsuit was filed according to the State of
California’s comprehensive and statutory and regulatory framework for the generation, handling, treatment, storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous wastes. This framework is contained in the Chapter 6.5 of Division 20 of the Health and Safety Code sections 25100.
Rite Aid was ordered to pay more than $12.3 million to settle the civil lawsuit that was filed by the district attorneys of
Los Angeles, San Joaquin and
Riverside counties. Canyon News contacted Daniel Wright of the Environmental Law Section of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. He stated that 52 district attorneys joined in a collaborative effort from across the state and two attorneys’ joined the environmental protection lawsuit as well.
The case began in fall 2009, with an investigation as local environmental health agencies expanded on their waste inspections at Rite Aid facilities and landfills across the state. The Santa Monica Fire Department was the main agency that conducted hazardous waste inspections, according to Wright.
Wright indicated that Rite Aid has to pay $332,000 in civil penalties and cost recovery to
Los AngelesCounty environmental regulators. The company also has to pay an additional $1,325,000 in civil penalties and cost recovery to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for the enforcement of consumer protection law.
Rite Aid is prohibited from reinstating their illegal practices of hazardous waste management and disposal by a permanent injunction. According to Wright, Rite Aid was “cooperative” with the prosecutors and investigators of the case. Rite Aid is going to utilize a scanner system that will inform an employee if the product is toxic or not and give instructions on how to handle it, according to reports.
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