• Save Mart to pay haz mat fine

    Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo announced yesterday, April 3, 2013 that his office, together with 34 other California District Attorney Offices, has reached a settlement in a civil law enforcement action against Save Mart Supermarkets in an action filed in San Joaquin County Superior Court for violations of hazardous waste control laws. Save Mart Supermarkets, headquartered in Modesto, operates throughout the state and includes the Food Maxx, Maxx Value Foods and Lucky brands. The settlement resolves allegations that Save Mart violated California laws for the safe storage, handling and disposal of hazardous waste generated from spills and customer returns of hazardous products. Save Mart worked collaboratively with the prosecutors and investigating agencies to address the specific violations.

    Under the final Judgment, Save Mart must pay $2.55 million in civil penalties, costs and expenses for supplemental environmental projects furthering consumer protection and environmental enforcement in the state, and will be bound under the terms of an injunction prohibiting similar violations of law in the future.

    The violations alleged occurred over a period of several years at Save Mart stores and distribution centers, which include Albertson’s Stores acquired by Save Mart and converted to either the Lucky or the Save Mart brand. Save Mart Supermarkets currently operates six Save Mart stores and one Food Maxx store in Monterey County.

    This action follows a previous civil law enforcement action against Save Mart Supermarkets for violations of hazardous waste handling and disposal laws and hazardous materials business plan requirements, which action was filed in Monterey County Superior Court and resolved on December 10, 2010.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on April 4, 2013

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