California sues Walmart for allegedly dumping hazardous waste

December 23, 2021 by  
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The state of California , through its Attorney general, has filed a lawsuit accusing Walmart of allegedly illegally disposing of hazardous waste in landfills across the state. The  42-page document  directly implicates Walmart for dumping 160,000 pounds of hazardous waste each year over the past six years. Among the items that are said to be disposed of by the retailer include insect killer sprays, lithium batteries, aerosol cans and LED bulbs. The giant retailer stands accused of violating California’s environmental laws in its dumping of hazardous waste in landfills that are not equipped to handle such waste. Attorney General Rob Bonta and 12 other California district attorneys are working together over the allegations.  Related: Loophole allows 1M tons of sludge to be dumped on Great Barrier Reef “Walmart’s own audits found that the company is dumping hazardous waste at local landfills at a rate of more than one million items each year. From there, these products may seep into the state’s drinking water as toxic pollutants or into the air as dangerous gases,” Bonta said in a  statement . In defense, Walmart’s spokesperson said the company will defend itself and said the lawsuit is “unjustified,” according to NPR. “We have met with the state numerous times and walked them through our industry-leading hazardous waste compliance programs in an effort to avoid litigation. Instead, they filed this unjustified lawsuit ,” Walmart Spokesperson Randy Hargrove said. “The state is demanding a level of compliance regarding waste disposal from our stores of common household products and other items that goes beyond what is required by law.” This is not the first time that the retail finds itself in hot soup over waste disposal misconduct. In 2010, the company reached a $25 million settlement agreement with California’s Office of the Attorney General for the illegal disposal of dangerous waste . According to the Attorney General’s office, investigations have proven that the illegal waste dumping has continued since then. “ Walmart is a responsible corporate citizen in California and everywhere we operate. We take our obligation to protect the environment seriously and have industry-leading processes in place to comply with local, state, and federal environmental laws,” Hargrove said. Via NPR and CNN Lead image via Unsplash

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Trump’s cuts would have ‘devastating impact’ on NY, says NY Attorney General

March 24, 2017 by  
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President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund program would have a “devastating impact” on New York State, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declared at a rally at the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn earlier this week. Joined by activists and lawmakers on Tuesday at what is widely considered to be the nation’s most polluted waterway, Schneiderman blasted the president’s calls to slash the agency’s funding by more than 30 percent, noting that the move would stymie the progress of cleaning up America’s most contaminated sites. “President Trump’s proposed budget cuts would have a devastating impact on New York—delaying and obstructing environmental projects around the state,” Schneiderman said. “Decades of hard work have helped clean up New York’s air, water, and environment. But President Trump’s budget threatens to unravel those gains and send us back to the bad old days of choking smog and rampant pollution.” Once a bustling cargo-transportation hub, the 1.8-mile-long Gowanus Canal is now a cesspool of raw sewage, carcinogenic sludge, and oil slicks. It floundered in political limbo for decades before the EPA designated the canal a Superfund site in 2010. Related: Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal gets Superfund status Dredging work was supposed to begin in earnest later this year, but Trump’s “blueprint” to bring the EPA’s budget to $5.7 billion—its lowest level in 40 years when adjusted for inflation—could grind the already glacial progress to a halt. Schneiderman says he isn’t above taking legal action against the White House, if necessary. “As we’ve made clear: if the Trump administration won’t meet its legal obligations to ensure basic access to a clean, safe, and healthy environment, we won’t hesitate to act to protect New Yorkers,” he said. + Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Via WNYC Photos by bobistraveling

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After scandal, GNC commits to test all herbal supplements for unlabeled and fraudulent ingredients

March 30, 2015 by  
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In the wake of a scandal which found that herbal supplements such as ginseng and valerian root sold at major retailers contain cheap fillers such as wheat and soy , Pennsylvania-based GNC has signed an agreement with the New York Office of the Attorney General to implement rigorous testing of all GNC supplements. It marks the first time that such a deal has been made, and will require the retailer to perform tests that far exceed the standards currently set by the FDA . Read the rest of After scandal, GNC commits to test all herbal supplements for unlabeled and fraudulent ingredients Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: allergens , allergies , attorney general , dna barcoding , fake herbal supplements , fda , fraud , GNC , GNC supplements , herbal supplements , herbal supplements fraud , herbs , ingredients , supplement testine , Target , Target Supplements , testing , walgreens , walmart , Walmart supplements

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Historic Australian church is transformed into a modern residence

March 30, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Historic Australian church is transformed into a modern residence Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adaptive reuse , adelaide , australia , Australian church , Australian converted church , Church House , converted Australian church , converted church , eco design , green design , historic church , historic church Adelaide , historic church Australia , historic church house , historic church reno , house in a church , house in an old church , living in a church , renovated church , sustainable design

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Art Dealer Charged After "One of the Largest American Seizures of Elephant Ivory on Record"

July 26, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: US Attorney’s Office A Philadelphia-based art dealer has been charged with smuggling an entire ton of ivory into the United States. The ivory is believed to have come from the poaching of hundreds of threatened African elephants. It’s one of the largest seizures of ivory on record, according to the US attorney’s office. And it was a deliberate, well-orchestrated operation, too. The New York Times reveals how it worked : … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The Climate Debate is Like the Debt Ceiling Struggle: the Radical Fringe is Hijacking Both

July 26, 2011 by  
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That’s Al Gore’s take anyways — and he’s got a point. In an op-ed over at the Huffington Post today , Gore points out that reasonable debate over how to address pressing problems (climate change and how to deal with the nation’s debt problem) has been hijacked by “ideological extremists”. An overwhelming majority of scientists tell us that climate change is being caused by human activity. Economists everywhere have outlined the dangers of defaulting on our national debt obligations. And yet, a handful of lunatics with their … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Vail Cyclist Hit-and-Run Gets Even More Surreal

December 22, 2010 by  
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Martin Erzinger, left, with his attorney Richard Tegtmeier. (Kristin Anderson, Vail Daily ) The rich are different from you and me when it comes to having “accidents.” Martin Erzinger beat a felony rap for almost killing a cyclist because it might affect his job as a fund manager of a cool billion bucks; His lawyer actually tried to use ” new car smell ” as a defense; now it turns … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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PACE Won’t Go Down Without a Fight

July 15, 2010 by  
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In a conference call yesterday supporters of the PACE* financing program, which is being effectively blocked  by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac , urged us to contact our representatives and to fight the Federal Regulators rulings on accepting mortgages on homes with PACE liens. *Property accessed clean energy bond financing where homeowners borrow and have a lien attached to their home–problematically to FNMA, ahead of the first mortgage on the home.

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