home depot settles waste case - 55 gallon drum
Home Depot agreed on Friday to pay nearly $10 million to resolve civil cases filed by state and Los Angeles County prosecutors over the retailer's failure to properly store and transport hazardous sludge.
The case originated from a 55-
On 2004, a fire broke out in the gallon barrel of the Del Rey store at Home Depot, forcing customers and employees to evacuate.
The investigators found that the chemicals were mixed together to become an explosive brewing. State Atty. Gen.
Jerry Brown said his office was looking into other companies, including "some big ones," and he expected the settlement to serve as a deterrent.
"Home Depot is not the only company with a problem," he said . ".
"Because of the cost-
"Under the leadership of the last CEO, security measures will definitely fall," Brown said of Home Depot . ".
"So now, under the pressure of my office and some county district lawyers," he said, "they have completely revised their procedures and dealt with hazardous materials in a reasonable way.
Home Depot said in a statement that it is improving the treatment of hazardous waste.
"We have been working with state officials to solve their problems and to develop and implement one of the bestin-
"Label and class plan to deal with the waste generated by our store," the statement reads . ".
The prosecutor said that in the case of the Marina del Rey store, it did not take much time to cause the explosion.
"It's an unstable mixture that reacts and explodes," said Patti bakkin, a supervisory attorney for environmental justice and protection at the Los Angeles city attorney's office. "These big-
The box socket becomes Mini.
"Luckily, Kim said, the exploding drum was in the room behind it.
After the explosion, a garbage truck contracted by Home Depot was stopped by a California Highway Patrol in Rippon, San Joaquin County.
Trucks are not certified by the state.
"Garbage porters must be certified by the state," Stanley P said . "
Williams is the assistant director of the consumer protection department of Los Angeles County district attorney.
"Home Depot is required to hire certified porters.
"As a result, more than one
An institutional investigation began;
It includes state attorney general's offices and prosecutors from Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Clara, San Joaquin and Monterey counties.
Settlements involving hazardous and large wastes may be the largest
Williams says box retailers in California.
The survey concluded that Home Depot stores across California improperly stored hazardous waste while waiting to closesite disposal.
In addition, transport personnel sometimes improperly store and label waste and do not have a good record of the materials to be transported.
Of the total fines paid by Home Depot, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office will receive a $837,000 civil penalty and fees. The L. A.
The county fire department will receive $250,000.
Prosecutors declined to comment on whether they were investigating other retailers or whether more uncertified waste was found
Transport trucks during the investigation.
"This is a very important issue for us because it has potential hazards," Williams said . ". --hector. Becerra @ latimes.