LOS ANGELES –A coalition of southland agencies, including the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, has reached a $3.387 million settlement with Albertsons, LLC (Albertsons) following a lawsuit charging the grocery chain with illegal disposal, transportation, storage, and mismanagement of hazardous waste. As a result of the lawsuit the supermarket giant will also develop and implement a robust environmental program including employee training, dumpster audits and progress reports to the participating prosecuting agencies for five years.
The settlement is the culmination of a civil enforcement action filed in the Superior Court of California on behalf of six agencies including the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and the District Attorneys’ Offices in the Counties of Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura.
“Businesses have an obligation to be good neighbors, including protecting the health of the public,” said City Attorney Feuer. “This settlement underscores our continuing commitment to clean up our environment.”
Albertsons has agreed to pay $3.387 million including $2.7 million in civil penalties, $300,000 for the cost of the investigation, and $350,000 for supplemental environmental projects that will provide support for the future enforcement of California environmental law. The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office will receive $327, 711 in civil penalties based on the number of stores in the city as well as $54,286 in reimbursements for costs from the legal action.
The suit alleged that Albertsons violated California Hazardous Waste Law by unlawfully disposing of and transporting hazardous waste and failing to properly manage that hazardous waste at its California facilities. The hazardous waste Albertsons generated at each facility included, but was not limited to, over-thecounter medications, pharmaceuticals, aerosol products, ignitable liquids, batteries, electronic devices, pool chemicals, and other products that contain hazardous materials. Albertsons has not admitted fault or liability.
California Hazardous Waste Control Law is a cradle to grave system requiring hazardous waste to be properly handled and disposed of from the location where it was generated. This location would include the site where an item became unusable or unsalable due to damage, expiration, breakage, or spills, or returns.
The settlement pertains to all Albertsons retail stores and regional distribution centers in California.
Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Jessica B. Brown, Orange County Deputy District Attorney William Fallon, Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Nelson, San Diego Country Deputy District Attorney Karen I. Doty, San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Douglas Poston, and Ventura County Deputy District Attorney Karen L. Wold prosecuted this case.