Walgreens $16 Mil Toxic Waste Suit Settled


By Paul Johnson

San Francisco, California (CNN) - Illegal dumping of pharmaceutical waste -- among other things -- has resulted in a multi-million-dollar settlement. Walgreens doesn't admit to any wrongdoing.
But a spokesman tells the San Francisco Chronicle the owner of more than 600 Walgreens drugstores will pay more than 16-million dollars "to avoid the time and expense of protracted litigation."
The lawsuit accused the stores of illegal dumping in California.
Over a six-and-a-half year period, the stores allegedly used local landfills to disposed of toxic waste, such as bleach, pesticides, aerosols, and automotive and pharmaceutical products.
Dozens of California counties also accused Walgreens of trashing medical records in waste dumps without protecting the private information of its customers.
The Chronicle reports other companies have recently agreed to similar settlements in California, including Costco, Walmart and C-V-S.

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