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Massachusetts DEP fines Wal-Mart for violations.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (Massachusetts DEP) has assessed WalMart an $8,000 penalty for allegedly violating state hazardous waste management regulations at stores located in Lunenburg, North Oxford, Sturbridge, and Whitinsville.

Massachusetts DEP reported that during inspections conducted last year, department personnel determined that the company allegedly failed to provide adequate security for its waste oil accumulation area, failed to post signs, keep adequate records and properly delineate waste oil accumulation areas, failed to label hazardous waste and waste oil containers and failed to keep potentially incompatible wastes separated.

The department reported that it had identified similar violations in a 2005 statewide consent order, under which Wal-Mart paid over $46,000 in penalties.

Under a new consent order, the company has agreed to increase its efforts to ensure compliance at all of its stores and to pay the penalty, Massachusetts DEP said.

Contact: Edmund Coletta, Massachusetts DEP, 617-292-5737.

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Publication:Hazardous Waste Superfund Alert
Date:Jun 22, 2010
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