Los Angeles • The Albertsons supermarket chain will pay $3.3 million to settle allegations its California stores illegally dumped hazardous waste, including over-the-counter medication, pool chemicals and batteries.
The settlement was announced Tuesday by the various government agencies that sued the Idaho-based chain in Orange County Superior Court.
The grocery stores disposed of hazardous products in dumpsters or transported the products to third-party waste processors that were not authorized to handle the material, prosecutors said.
In addition to paying the penalties and investigation costs, Albertsons agreed to establish a computerized waste management system, conduct internal audits and train employees on handling hazardous waste. The supermarket chain must also deliver progress reports to local agencies for the next five years.