San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, together with 19 other California District Attorneys, the state Attorney General and the City Attorneys in San Diego and Los Angeles announced today that a judge in Northern California has ordered the Minnesota-based Target Corporation to stop routinely and systematically dumping hazardous wastes into the environment.
“It’s time for Target to clean up its act,” said DA Dumanis. “The corporation has been fighting this losing battle for too long and the California environment is worse off because of it.”
A civil enforcement lawsuit was filed last year in Alameda County, claiming that more than 240 Target stores throughout the state handled and disposed of various hazardous wastes and materials improperly over a five-year period, including, pesticides, paint, aerosols, oven cleaners, pool chemicals, drain openers and other flammable, toxic and corrosive materials. All 19 Target stores in San Diego County are involved in the hazardous waste violations.
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