FAIRFIELD — The Rite Aid Corporation will pay Solano County officials $156,500 as part of a $12.3 million settlement deal announced Tuesday by Solano County District Attorney Donald A. du Bain.
The settlement wraps up a civil lawsuit filed against Rite Aid earlier this month by 52 California district attorneys and two city attorneys.
The lawsuit, filed in San Joaquin County, accused the company and its employees at some of its 600 California Rite Aid stores of unlawfully handling and disposing of hazardous materials. There are Rite Aid stores in Suisun City, Benicia and Vallejo.
“We are committed to enforcing environmental laws and ensuring the health and safety of our residents. This joint effort is a strong message that California prosecutors are dedicated to seeking justice not only in the criminal arena but also by protecting our environment,” du Bain said in a press release.
The case originated from an investigation by local environmental health agencies during the fall of 2009. It revealed that during a 6½-year period, Rite Aid transported hazardous waste and dumped it at local landfills. The hazardous products allegedly discarded included pesticides, bleach, paint, aerosols, automotive products and solvents, pharmaceutical and bio-hazardous wastes and other toxic, flammable and corrosive materials.
Rite Aid cooperated with prosecutors and investigators, and has adopted enhanced policies and procedures designed to eliminate the improper disposal of hazardous waste products in California.
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