The civil lawsuit, filed in Alameda County, claims that over an eight-year period, more than 200 Target stores throughout the state improperly handled and disposed of various hazardous wastes and materials, including bleaches, pesticides, paints, aerosols and other flammable and corrosive
A call to Target headquarters in Minnesota was not immediately returned.
All 19 Target stores in San Diego County were involved in the hazardous waste violations, said District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.
"Target officials were warned years ago of the unlawful practice, but decided to illegally dump the hazardous waste anyway," Dumanis said. "They had a conscious disregard for the protection of human health and the environment and now they must be held accountable."
California law requires companies to carefully store, handle and dispose of hazardous wastes and materials. Prosecutors contend that Target systematically ignored those laws to cut costs, alleging that employees identified defective, damaged and leaking chemical products and threw them into company compactors.
Instead of being sent to authorized disposal sites, tons of hazardous wastes and contaminated materials were crushed along with discarded merchandise and garbage in massive compactors, and sent to area landfills, according to the lawsuit.
Hazardous waste was also disposed of by passing on damaged and unusable items through donations to charities, according to authorities, the lawsuit alleges.
The investigation began in 2002 with the help of numerous environmental health agencies statewide.
Twenty District Attorneys in California, the state Attorney General and the Los Angeles City Attorney are requesting that Target be required to manage its hazardous waste and hazardous materials lawfully and be liable for civil penalties that result from their violations.
"Target has shown a willful disregard for California's hazardous waste laws by dumping flammable liquids and toxic chemicals in local landfills over a period of eight years," said state Attorney General Jerry Brown. "If successful, this lawsuit would force Target to comply with state laws governing the lawful handling and disposal of toxic and corrosive waste."
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies of La Jolla was Monday awarded a $25 million, five-year grant by the National Institutes of Health in conjunction with its brain-mapping initiative.
After our 6:30 p.m. newscast Sunday night, we got reports from viewers that there was a mysterious animal in the background of a live shot in Hollenbeck Canyon.
A Chula Vista woman who survived breast cancer continues to fight for others diagnosed with the disease.
A two-year contract ratified by members of San Diego's police union would move officers' pay to above-average levels statewide in all classifications, city leaders announced Monday.
Dozens of schools in the San Diego Unified School District will be on minimum-day schedules again Tuesday due to forecasted high temperatures, the district said Monday.
A small brush fire erupted alongside state Route 94 in Golden Hill Monday, burning brush near a church and preschool but causing no reported structural damage or injuries before crews got it under control.
Santa Ana winds will blow through much of San Diego County Monday and combine with record-high temperatures and extremely dry air to create dangerous fire conditions, forecasters said.
State Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. Vito Imbasciani met with members of the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians on Monday.
Authorities are working Monday to identify the human remains recovered where a plane crash sparked a fire over the weekend in Lakeside, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.
One in six women in San Diego County will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and while more women and men are living longer after a breast cancer diagnosis, there is still no cure. You can participate in the fight against the disease November 5 during the 21st annual Race for the Cure.