Walmart pleaded guilty to multiple counts of violating the Clean Water Act. The company also owned up to illegal dumping in two other federal cases, which were filed in Los Angeles and Kansas city , Missouri. In all, those guilty pleas add up to $81.6 million in fees.
"By improperly handling hazardous waste, pesticides, and other materials in violation of federal laws, Walmart put the public and the environment at risk and gained an unfair economic advantage over other companies," Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, said in a statement…
As part of a plea agreement filed in California, Walmart was sentenced to pay a $40 million criminal fine and an additional $20 million that will fund various community service projects, including opening a $6 million Retail Compliance Assistance Center that will help retail stores across the nation learn how to properly handle hazardous waste.