Wal-Mart guilty of illegal waste dumping
Wal-Mart yesterday agreed to pay out $82m (£54m) after pleading guilty to dumping hazardous waste in two US states.
The BBC reported that the owners of ASDA pleaded guilty to violating environmental regulations after illegally disposing of fertiliser, pesticides and bleach in California and Missouri.
Prosecutors said employees had not been properly trained and had poured waste down drains or tossed it into trash bins.
In 2010 the firm was also fined some $29m to settle similar charges in both states.
"By improperly handling hazardous waste, pesticides and other materials in violation of federal laws, Wal-Mart put the public and the environment at risk and gained an unfair economic advantage over other companies,'' said Ignacia Moreno, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department.
Read more about ASDA in our guide to supermarkets.
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