Attention Shoppers: Wal-Mart Just Paid A Whopping Fine But Is Still Hazardous to Your Health

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Abby Zimet

In case you need a reminder of Wal-Mart's many sins: They have now paid fines totalling over $110 million - in 2010, 2012 and now $82 million this week - for criminal and civil charges of putting the public and environment at risk over several years by improperly disposing of fertilizers, pesticides and other hazardous waste through dumping it into city trash bins, piling it in parking lots, pouring it into local sewer systems, and transporting some 2 million pounds of it in truckloads of damaged containers to a third-party recycling business, thus violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. Ever unbowed, Wal-Mart hastened to add to their guilty plea that “no specific environmental impact has been alleged," they have now "fixed the problem" with "a comprehensive and industry-leading hazardous waste program” - even though some of the charges stem from similar abuses several years ago that were evidently not fixed because this week's charges were new, but anyway - and the fines will not have "a material effect" on its business, which last year netted $128 billion. No doubt, too bad.

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