News Brief: Yolo County DA reaches settlement with Target over hazardous waste disposal

The Yolo County DA has reached a settlement with Target Corporation over the company’s handling of hazardous waste in California.

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according to a report. Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig said in a statement his county prosecutors played a big role in holding Target accountable for its violations. “Our office helped initiate this investigation, was integral throughout the process of working with Target to modify their processes, and in doing so helped ensure the safety of the public and the protection of the environment from improper disposal of hazardous waste by companies under their duty to follow our environmental regulations statewide,” Reisig said. The settlement is the second against a retail giant announced by Reisig over the last few months. In September, county prosecutors said Amazon-owned Whole Foods had agreed to pay $1.6 million in a settlement over that company’s hazardous waste disposal practices following an investigation spearheaded in part by his office. Unlike Whole Foods, which ceased operating in Yolo County with the closure of its Davis store last year, Target has a sizable presence in Yolo County: The big box retailer operates three stores — one each in Davis, Woodland and West Sacramento — along with a distribution center on the outskirts of Woodland. The closest Target store to Winters is across the county line in Vacaville.]]>

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