Raley’s chain settles hazardous material handling lawsuit


The West Sacramento-based Raley’s supermarket chain has agreed to pay about $1.6 million in civil penalties, costs and to support environmental projects as part of the settlement of a civil lawsuit alleging it improperly transported and disposed of pharmaceutical waste and retail hazardous waste.

According to the office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, the lawsuit also alleged that the company didn’t properly protect the confidentiality of its drug customers. Said Reisig in a press release:

“Raley’s has been a valued merchant in Yolo County for many years. Raley’s has cooperated with the prosecution team throughout the investigation into their unlawful practices.”

The Yolo district attorney’s office was one of 26 such offices to join in the lawsuit, filed in San Joaquin County. The lawsuit alleged that more than 130 Raley’s stores improperly sent pharmaceutical waste and other hazardous waste to trash bins and landfills. The settlement agreement includes new controls on how the company disposes of such things in the future.

As part of the settlement, Raley’s has agreed to purchase five mobile freshwater purification systems to be used to provide safe drinking water to California communities in an emergency or in times of need. The systems will be housed in Placer, El Dorado, Sonoma, Sacramento and Contra Costa Counties, but will be available for use in other counties.

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