Walgreens to pay $16.57 million for violations
Original post made on Dec 14, 2012
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on Dec 14, 2012 at 11:09 am
As reported, the settlement with Walgreen's covers a 6.5 year time frame. Certainly Walgreen's must have been discarding its waste in this irresponsible way for a much longer time. Makes one wonder if this penalty is large enough.
But this matter raises some larger questionssuch as: How many other companies in California are doing the same thing? How should government go about monitoring all of the possible sources of toxic waste disposal for a state the size of California? And what more can be done to catch more of those companies (and individuals) not complying with the laws mandating proper disposal of toxic waste.
Given that this particular case involved forty-two County governments, the implication is that Walgreen's stores throughout California were all involved in dumping their waste improperly. This implies that there was no corporate involvement in the management of the local stores, and that the store managers were all acting more-or-less as individuals, rather than under a Corporate policy about how to manage/dispose of waste. Certainly makes you wonder just how much training Walgreen's provides its management/staff when it comes to the various laws involving waste disposal, and other obligations for operating stores in urban environments?
Moreover, the terse comment about not handling confidential customer medical records should make Walgreen's pharmacy customers a little concerned about their records not being managed according to the law.
on Dec 14, 2012 at 11:45 am
RITE AID MAY NOT BE COMPLIANT, BUT CVS IS, I AM TOLD.
on Dec 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm
This is really scary when you think about the amount of hazardous waste sent to landfills over the past 6.5 years (probably more). Certainly, the Walgreen's stores caught in the act are not all of the ones doing this, which raises the amount of hazardous waste exponentially. It seems like the fine meted out is not nearly enough to ensure proper disposal of these wastes. It is expensive for any such company to get rid of hazardous waste, especially pharmaceuticals, through the proper channels; so shouldn't the fine for violating the law be much more painful and expensive than doing it right the first time?