Wal-Mart's done it again. Along with denying legal wages and discriminating against workers of certain sexual orientations, the mega retailer can now add "improperly storing hazardous waste" to their list of wrongdoings. The State of California is calling for $27.6 million in fines and legal costs to account for Wal-Mart's alleged mishandling of toxic substances.
"Wal-Mart was accused of improperly dumping hazardous waste such as acid, aerosols, chemicals, fertilizer, motor oil, paint and pesticides. In one instance, according to an April 2 court filing, investigators in April 2002 observed "piles of multicolored unknown fertilizer type substances and torn sacks of ammonium sulfate" at a Wal-Mart store in Vacaville, California, after learning a child had been playing on a pile of "yellowish colored powder" near the store's garden department."
It seems that such a globally successful company should be able to function under government law, yet the punishment for this crime is a mere slap on the wrist for Wal-Mart.