California Attorney General Jerry Brown and 20 district attorneys filed a lawsuit against Target Corp. in Alameda County Superior Court yesterday accusing the retailer of illegally dumping hazardous waste in local landfills.
"Target has shown a willful disregard for California's hazardous waste laws by dumping flammable liquids and toxic chemicals in local landfills over a period of eight years," Brown said in a statement.
The suit, which also accuses Target of violating unfair competition laws, seeks to block the retailer from continuing to dump hazardous waste in local landfills.
Brown said, "If successful, this lawsuit would force Target to comply with state laws governing the lawful handling and disposal of toxic and corrosive waste."
Bay Area district attorneys participating in the suit are Tom Orloff of Alameda County; Robert Kochly of Contra Costa County; James Fox of San Mateo County; Dolores Carr of Santa Clara County; Dean Flippo of Monterey County; and David Paulson of Solano County.
Target spokesman Bethany Zucco said the retailer is "very disappointed" that the lawsuit was filed.
"Target is strongly committed to protecting the health and safety of our guests, team members and communities as well as to maintaining compliance with all applicable environmental laws," Zucco said in a prepared statement.