Yolo County won $239,000 as part of a $2.55 million civil settlement over alleged hazardous waste violations by Modesto-based supermarket chain Save Mart, Yolo prosecutors announced this month.
Yolo and Sacramento were among 35 California counties that alleged that the grocery chain broke hazardous waste control laws in the way it disposed of waste from spills and customer returns. They filed the civil law enforcement action in San Joaquin Superior Court.
The Yolo County District Attorney's Office will receive $14,000 for aquatic toxicity studies, as well as $225,000 to pay for hazardous waste training, according to a statement. Though Save Mart operates only one Yolo County store Davis the county is one of seven designated to conduct training.
Sacramento County's Environmental Management Department will receive $23,400 in civil penalties and cost recovery, while the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office will receive $48,850, according to a release from Sacramento District Attorney Jan Scully. The company has 16 Save Mart stores and three Food Maxx locations in Sacramento County.
Officials said the alleged violations were committed over several years at Save Mart stores and distribution centers. Save Mart cooperated with investigators, officials said, adding that the supermarket chain will be bound by an injunction barring similar violations.
In a statement, Save Mart officials called the negotiations with county district attorneys "constructive" and "cooperative."
Save Mart officials said the allegations were related to its handling and record keeping of retail hazardous waste, but were not connected to "any fresh grocery products or any items that were sold to our customers."
The Save Mart case comes months after a similar hazardous waste settlement reached in December with drugstore chain Walgreens in which Yolo County received more than $1.4 million.
In the Walgreens case, the drugstore chain was ordered to pay $16.5 million over claims that more than 600 of its California stores mishandled and disposed of hazardous waste during a 6 1/2-year span.
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