Wal-Mart pays $82 million fine for dumping hazardous waste


Businesses are not being responsible for disposing their waste and this might not seem like a short term problem but in the long run it will affect everyone.  Walmart has gotten itself in a huge predicament as they were fined for violating the Clean Water Act and other environmental regulations.

The retail giant was found guilty to six counts of violating the Clean Water Act — all misdemeanors — in cases filed by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Walmart (WMTFortune 500) also pleaded guilty to separate charges filed in Kansas City, Mo., for improperly handling pesticides that had been returned by customers.  Federal prosecutors say up until January 2006,   Walmart has not trained employees on how to dispose of hazardous waste.

This lawsuit should set a fine example for companies who dump hazardous waste into the environment.  If a big company like Walmart does not have the resources to train employees on proper waste, what can be expected from companies throughout the US?

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