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Der US-Einzelhandelskonzern Wal-Mart muss eine Strafe von insgesamt 110 Mio US-Dollar für die unsachgemäße Entsorgung von Sonderabfällen in den USA zahlen. Das teilte das US-Justizministerium am 28 Mai 2013 mit. Der Konzern habe die Vorwürfe, wonach Mitarbeiter giftige Abfälle in der Kanalisation oder über den Hausmüll entsorgt haben, eingeräumt. Für drei Fälle unsachgemäßer Entsorgung, die vom Justizministerium verfolgt wurden, sowie einer Zivilrechtsklage der US-Umweltschutzbehörde, muss der Einzelhandelsriese eine Strafe von 81,6 Mio US-Dollar zahlen. Durch die Strafen aus früheren Vergehen in der gleichen Sache in Kalifornien und Missouri summiert sich die Gesamtstrafe auf über 110 Mio US-Dollar, hieß es weiter.


On 28 May 2013, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pleaded guilty in cases filed by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles and San Francisco to six counts of violating the Clean Water Act by illegally handling and disposing of hazardous materials at its retail stores across the United States. The Bentonville, Ark.-based company also pleaded guilty today in Kansas City, Mo., to violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) by failing to properly handle pesticides that had been returned by customers at its stores across the country. As a result of the three criminal cases brought by the Justice Department, as well as a related civil case filed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Wal-Mart will pay approximately $81.6 million for its unlawful conduct. Coupled with previous actions brought by the states of California and Missouri for the same conduct, Wal-Mart will pay a combined total of more than $110 million to resolve cases alleging violations of federal and state environmental laws.

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