FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. has been ordered to pay $1.75 million as part of a settlement in a lawsuit that accused the company of illegally transporting and storing hazardous waste, along with other environmental violations. Sixteen district attorney’s offices in California filed the suit in Sacramento County Superior Court last year against the Pennsylvania-based company. Two of the 36 FedEx Ground facilities involved were in San Diego County. Judge Raymond M. Cadei approved the settlement, which was agreed to by the parties, and he signed an order last month.
It was alleged in the lawsuit that FedEx Ground violated California law by failing to immediately identify and then properly transport or store hazardous waste as it was moved between facilities before June 1, 2013. Prosecutors also accused the company of failing to dispose of hazardous waste appropriately. Fed-Ex was also accused of failing to adequately train its employees. Under the court’s order, FedEx Ground was ordered to pay $1.5 million in civil penalties, $155,000 to reimburse investigative and law enforcement agencies, $85,000 for a supplemental environmental project and $10,000 to inform its customers of waste minimization techniques and improved packaging.
Under the terms of a permanent injunction, FedEx Ground is also prohibited from committing similar violations of law in the future. According to prosecutors, the company was cooperative during the investigation. Hopefully, the company’s bosses learned a lesson and this will not be a problem in the future.
Source: San Diego Tribune
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