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Suit claims Target dumped hazardous waste

Original post made on Jun 17, 2009

A lawsuit was filed against Target Corporation on Monday by the California Attorney General and 19 district attorneys, including Santa Clara County's. The suit alleges that Target's 200-plus California stores, including the one on Showers Drive in Mountain View, have improperly disposed of hazardous materials for the past eight years.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 11:36 AM

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Posted by IFearTargetIsNotMyFriend
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 17, 2009 at 12:29 pm

I for one will stop shopping at Target. This is truly shameful considering how easy the County of Santa Clara makes it for all of us to more responsibly dispose of hazardous materials. Just another example of a huge conglomerate not paying their fair share of the cost of doing business...

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Posted by dc
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 18, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I know the company is ultimately responsible, but if you have lazy employees that just don't want to bother doing things properly.......

What they need to do is come up with a better tracking system so that every container is accounted for, either received, sold, or put in a container to be disposed of properly. If they make the employees accountable, I think the results will be better.

I wonder how many other retail establishments are having the same problem?

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Sep 20, 2009 at 10:50 pm

If Target is illegally dumping hazardous waste that's bad. They probably felt it was "not convenient" to comply with the environmental laws; just as a manager at one Target store said it was "not convenient" for the store to stop making a lot of noise at night, although they are located right next to several residences.

Looks being a good neighbor isn't a big priority to them.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Sep 20, 2009 at 11:14 pm

"... Target embarked on a national health-and-wellness campaign, founding the Alliance to Make US Healthiest, a coalition that strives to help U.S. citizens become more physically and emotionally healthy, according to company press releases...."

Cutting corners by dumping hazardous chemicals in landfills, and causing sleep deprivation to their neighbors, is not going to help anyone become more healthy!

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Posted by cynic
a resident of another community
on Sep 20, 2009 at 11:26 pm

""They were given notice of violations but they just don't seem to be able to fix it,"..."

Maybe they weren't able to fix it because they just didn't want to. Maybe the people responsible were getting kudos from their superiors for saving the company money (though not necessarily in the long run) with these violations.

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