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California Counties Seek Order on Walgreen Toxic Disposal

August 06, 2012

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in Oakland, California, said her office is seeking a court order to stop Walgreen Co. (WAG:US) from dumping hazardous wastes into the environment.

The motion for an order was filed as part of a lawsuit state prosecutors brought in June, alleging that more than 600 of Walgreen’s California stores improperly disposed of hazardous wastes and materials including pesticides, bleach, paint, aerosols, solvents and other toxic, flammable substances, O’Malley said in an e-mail.

The filing couldn’t be immediately confirmed in electronic court records.

An investigation found that Walgreen’s employees put returned or damaged items containing the hazardous substances into dumpsters rather than sending them to authorized disposal sites, Ken Mifsud, a senior deputy district attorney in O’Malley’s office, said in a telephone interview.

The media office of Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreen didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment on the prosecutors’ move for the order.

The case is California v. Walgreens, RG12535137, Alameda County Superior Court, Oakland, California

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