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    Walmart Pleads Guilty To Dumping Hazardous Waste, Will Pay $81 Million

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $81 million after pleading guilty to criminal charges the company dumped hazardous waste across California, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.Wal-Mart entered the plea in San Francisco federal court to misdemeanor counts of negligently dumping pollutants from its stores into sanitation drains across the state, spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said.
    As part of the plea, the company will pay the substantial fine that also will cover charges in Missouri.
    The plea agreements announced Tuesday end a nearly decade-old investigation involving more than 20 prosecutors and 32 environmental groups.
    In 2010, the company agreed to pay $27.6 million to settle similar allegations made by California authorities that led to the overhaul of its hazardous waste compliance program nationwide. The state investigation began eight years ago when a San Diego County health department employee saw a worker pouring bleach down a drain.

    Federal prosecutors said the company didn't train its employees on how to handle and dispose hazardous materials at its stores.



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    This is another reason why Walmart sucks, other than dumping wastes they also getting their **** from 3rd world countries who have no labor standards, putting mom and pop stores out of business, treating their employees like ****. The list can go on and on. But hey, throw another one up for Walmart.


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    Re: Walmart Pleads Guilty To Dumping Hazardous Waste, Will Pay $81 Million

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    have no labor standards
    Responsibility of the host nation.

    putting mom and pop stores out of business
    You could argue that they put themselves out of business by not being competitive.

    treating their employees like ****
    As long as it's legal, that's fine.



    I hate Walmart plenty, but I'm not going to dump on them for lawful practices. They should contribute monetarily to the cleanup because that was unlawful. If they have illegal practices, they should be called out on it. They also shouldn't receive corporate subsidies.

    However, I don't agree with socialist sensationalism like "they put other stores out of business" and "they're mean to their employees". That's just whining.

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    Re: Walmart Pleads Guilty To Dumping Hazardous Waste, Will Pay $81 Million

    Agreed with Gipper on the laundry list. However, for this illegal activity they should be fined, but about ten times that amount and they should NOT be able to write the fine off on their taxes. This basically amounts to intentionally poisoning loads of people.

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    Re: Walmart Pleads Guilty To Dumping Hazardous Waste, Will Pay $81 Million

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Agreed with Gipper on the laundry list. However, for this illegal activity they should be fined, but about ten times that amount and they should NOT be able to write the fine off on their taxes. This basically amounts to intentionally poisoning loads of people.
    Yeah it definitely shouldn't count as a write-off. It simply makes no sense.

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    Re: Walmart Pleads Guilty To Dumping Hazardous Waste, Will Pay $81 Million

    If a company breaks the law they should be held accountable.

    As a whole I like Walmart though, I know that they do a lot to provide low cost products to lower income individuals. They also have one of the most humane and ethical pharmacy operations out there.

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    Re: Walmart Pleads Guilty To Dumping Hazardous Waste, Will Pay $81 Million

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    If a company breaks the law they should be held accountable.

    As a whole I like Walmart though, I know that they do a lot to provide low cost products to lower income individuals. They also have one of the most humane and ethical pharmacy operations out there.
    Do their drug-dudes out there require a BS in Pharmacology, or do they have to have a PharmD?

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    Re: Walmart Pleads Guilty To Dumping Hazardous Waste, Will Pay $81 Million

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Do their drug-dudes out there require a BS in Pharmacology, or do they have to have a PharmD?
    Depends. The PharmD was mandated for all new licensed pharmacists in the early 90's, it has been offered though for many years prior though, most who got it worked in hospitals or clinical settings. Prior to 2000 if you wanted to do community you needed to get the B.S.Pharm. Older pharmacists usually have the B.S.Pharm that work in community settings. What their pharmacy does do though is close down for lunch so staff can take a lunch break.

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    Re: Walmart Pleads Guilty To Dumping Hazardous Waste, Will Pay $81 Million

    big deal ... it's what their CEOs drop for lunch on a regular basis ...

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    Re: Walmart Pleads Guilty To Dumping Hazardous Waste, Will Pay $81 Million

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Depends. The PharmD was mandated for all new licensed pharmacists in the early 90's, it has been offered though for many years prior though, most who got it worked in hospitals or clinical settings. Prior to 2000 if you wanted to do community you needed to get the B.S.Pharm. Older pharmacists usually have the B.S.Pharm that work in community settings. What their pharmacy does do though is close down for lunch so staff can take a lunch break.
    Cool. I was just curious.

    Now we can all go back to Walmart and pollution.

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    Re: Walmart Pleads Guilty To Dumping Hazardous Waste, Will Pay $81 Million

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    This is another reason why Walmart sucks, other than dumping wastes they also getting their **** from 3rd world countries who have no labor standards, putting mom and pop stores out of business, treating their employees like ****. The list can go on and on. But hey, throw another one up for Walmart. [/FONT][/COLOR]

    Yea. And I wonder how many people in their own homes should be fined? Perhaps jail for Mom or Dad for pouring bleach down the drain?

    Leave it to California to ignore the elephant, but go after the money. Is there any reason to doubt why California is considered one of the worst states to do business in?

    20 prosecutors and 32 environmental groups? It's a miracle anyone has a job in California...

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