March 16, 2012
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today announced that Missouri has reached a settlement with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., for alleged violations of the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Law related to a Wal-Mart contractor’s disposal of certain materials. The settlement is valued at more than $1.25 million.
Koster said Wal-Mart sent common household products such as charcoal, potting soil, herbicides, pesticides, and other chemicals that were returned to or could not be sold at Wal-Mart stores to two sites in Neosho, Missouri, for disposal by the contractor, Greenleaf, LLC. Greenleaf did not have the necessary permit for the treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous waste and did not properly manage the waste materials.
As part of the settlement, Wal-Mart will pay the state of Missouri $214,378.00 in civil penalties, spend $1,050,000.00 to sponsor pesticide collection events in rural Missouri communities, and reimburse the Department of Natural Resources $4,082 for the Department’s investigatory expenses, interest, unpaid fees, and taxes.
Wal-Mart spent more than $3 million voluntarily cleaning up the two Neosho sites by removing and properly disposing of the materials. Wal-Mart also worked with the Attorney General’s Office to design hazardous waste transportation training programs, policies, and procedures.
“This settlement demonstrates our commitment to enforcing Missouri’s environmental laws and regulations,” Koster said. “Missouri’s Hazardous Waste Management Law was enacted to protect both citizens’ health and our environment, and I want to thank Wal-Mart for its commitment to helping clean up pesticides throughout the Missouri country side.”