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CVS To Pay $800,000 in Environmental Penalties

Jan 28, 2013

Mara Lee

CVS will pay Connecticut $300,000 for mismanaging hazardous wastes and an additional $500,000 to improve waste management practices in the state, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Monday.

The mismanagement of hazardous wastes happened at stores in Vernon, Mansfield, Clinton, Coventry, Guilford, Madison and Southbury, and included photo processing solution and pills. The stores also didn;'t recycle some materials that businesses are required to recycle. It will also spend $500,000 on improving its practices in the state.

In announcing the settlement, DEEP Commissioner Daniel Esty said the lack of care taken with trash at CVS stores was unacceptable threat to people's health, and to the environment.

The company is required to hire environmental consultants to oversee its reforms, including completing closure of former photo processing hazardous waste store areas in Middletown, Norwich, Milford, Guilford, Seymour, Mansfield, Coventry, Prospect, Brookfield and Burlington.

Consultants will also do unannounced compliance audits at 20 stores throughout the state. The company owns 140 stores in Connecticut.

Source: (c)2013 The Hartford Courant (Hartford, Conn.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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