Discount store super-giant Wal-Mart has agreed to pay California almost $28 million to settle an environmental regulations case.
The San Diego County DA and the attorney general's office alleged that Wal-Mart and its Sam's Club stores were illegally transporting chemicals, fertilizer and motor oil, endangering city streets and highways across the state.
The settlement includes $20 million to be split among prosecutors in 20 jurisdictions and 32 environmental health agencies throughout the state; $1.6 million in costs for the investigation; $3 million to a fund for other environmental investigations; and $3 million toward keeping stores in compliance.
The settlement ended a five-year investigation. A similar investigation may be pending against big box-rival Target.