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Family Dollar Stores to pay $307,000 for environmental violations

In this Aug. 19, 2014 photo, a customer carries out her purchases from a Family Dollar store in Jackson, Miss.
In this Aug. 19, 2014 photo, a customer carries out her purchases from a Family Dollar store in Jackson, Miss. AP

Family Dollar Stores Inc. has been ordered by a San Joaquin County Superior Court judge to pay $307,000 in civil penalties, costs and supplemental environmental projects following an investigation into the firm’s handling of hazardous waste.

Judge Barbara A. Kronlund also ordered the North Carolina corporation to implement an improved hazardous waste compliance program at its stores in California. The announcement was issued Friday by Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, along with 22 other California district attorneys and two city attorneys.

The judgment is the result of an investigation into allegations that Family Dollar Stores improperly stored hazardous waste and inadequately trained employees about the waste. Unlike most recent similar cases prosecuted in California, the investigation found that Family Dollar Stores had unlawfully disposed of only limited hazardous wastes, according to a news release from Reisig’s office.

Prosecutors alerted Family Dollar Stores to the violations, and the company cooperated throughout the investigation, authorities said. Family Dollar Stores adopted and implemented new policies and procedures, as well as programs designed to properly train employees in all facets of handling retail hazardous waste. Improvements were made at each of the company’s more than 128 facilities in California, authorities said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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