Report: Target to pay $22.5 million in California waste case

Oakland, Calif. -- A report Friday by the Los Angeles Times said that Target Corp. will pay the state of California $22.5 million to settle claims that the retailer improperly disposed of waste.

According to the report, Target allegedly violated California's hazardous waste laws by improperly disposing of pesticides, bleach and other potentially toxic items by pouring it down drains and throwing it into trash bins. A tentative agreement with the state's attorney general calls for the company to train employees on proper waste disposal methods and hire a compliance auditor, in addition paying the monetary settlement.

As part of the deal, Target does not acknowledge any wrongdoing.

An Alameda County judge is scheduled to review the agreement on March 2.

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