Whole Foods has been ordered to pay more than $1.6 million for mishandling hazardous waste throughout California.
According to the district attorneys' complaint, Whole Foods, Mrs. Gooch's Natural Food Markets and WFM-WO Inc. mishandled hazardous wastes and materials throughout the state over a five-year span. The hazardous wastes and materials included batteries, ignitable liquids and other flammable, reactive, toxic materials.
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SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - A Yolo County Superior Court Judge has ordered Whole Foods Inc. to pay more than $1.6 million for mishandling hazardous wastes and materials throughout the state of California.
Judge Thomas E. Warriner has ordered Whole Foods Market California Inc. and two related entities to pay $1,643,500 as part of a settlement of a civil environmental prosecution.
More than $200,000 of this amount will support various environmental projects, including the prosecution of environmental violations in the counties that lack the expertise and resources to prosecute these types of violations.