State charges Target Corp. with dumping hazardous wastes in local landfills

20 district attorneys join Atty. Gen. Brown in Alameda County court suit

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.

Jeb Bing, City News Bureau

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Posted by So vague
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2009 at 4:35 pm

What were they dumping?
How could the story be even less specific?

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Posted by Claudette McDermott
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2009 at 7:12 pm

This section is supposed to be "Local Info".... "Around Town" so this story belongs in the other section called "National......" something like that :)

So no Haz in our Pleasanton backyard :) Wheew

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Posted by Karen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2009 at 8:21 pm

So I don't shop at Walmart because they are dipwads, and now Target is dipwads too. What store isn't owned by dipwads?

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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 18, 2009 at 9:18 pm

PToWN94566 is a registered user.


This can be considered local info since it involves our county's district attorney, and more importantly, that there is a Target in Dublin that probably participated in dumping hazardous wastes. They probably were dumping a lot of electronic equipment and other items that contain toxins, like light bulbs.

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Posted by The Jackal
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 19, 2009 at 8:56 am

I agree with Karen.

We shop mostly at local grocery stores for items sold at Target/Walmart. Even though more expensive I think I save money because less discretionary merchandise to buy along with necessary items.

I hope but can't confirm that Raley's Safeway are more responsible corp citizens. Mostly we should by used, re-use, or just do without to help the environment and our budgets. Yes, economy has been impacted by many doing this, but this is the new normal!

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