Retailer Must Give Investigators a Decade of Haz Waste Info

Posted on 10/1/2020 by Roger Marks

A California appeals court panel ruled last week that one of America’s biggest retailers must give investigators ten-years-worth of information about its hazardous waste management and disposal procedures.

A local District Attorney's office requested information about the company’s facilities, former employees responsible for environmental compliance, and potential HWCL violations found during inspections between 2015 and 2017.


The retail giant argued in court that investigations into its hazardous waste management practices “serve no reasonable purpose” due to an existing consent judgment the company entered in 2010 to settle previous alleged HWCL violations.

On September 21, 2020, the court rejected the retailers challenge and affirmed that the company must comply with the state’s request for information. The existing agreement does not prevent California from investigating other possible hazardous waste violations, in the appeals panel’s view.

Read the decision here.

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