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• Walmart reportedly has agreed to write a check for $27.6 million to settle charges that some of its San Diego County employees were illegally dumping hazardous waste. Reuters reports that “the accord calls for Wal-Mart to pay a $20 million fine, $3 million to improve store maintenance, $3 million for other environmental projects, and $1.6 million for legal costs.

“Bonnie Dumanis, the San Diego County district attorney, called the settlement one of the largest of its kind in the United States. Nineteen other prosecutors, including California State Attorney General Jerry Brown, and 32 environmental health agencies joined the accord.

“Phyllis Harris, Wal-Mart's vice president of environmental compliance, said in a statement the retailer has worked closely with California on a comprehensive hazardous waste plan that includes improved training programs, policies and procedures.”
KC's View:
No matter how penitent Walmart may be, situations like these do make it a little harder for the Bentonville Behemoth to make the case that its environmental concerns are sincere and pervasive throughout the company. Not impossible, but harder.