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Raley's Settles Hazardous Waste Lawsuit

 
  

It's part of a settlement over illegally dumping hazardous waste in area landfills. The lawsuit claims more than 130 Raley's stores improperly stored, handled and disposed of pharmaceutical and hazardous wastes.

David Irey is with the Yolo County District Attorney's office, which announced the settlement today along with two-dozen other California District Attorneys. Irey says Raley's worked with prosecutors.

"They cooperated from the start," says Irey, "they just needed to realize that the systems they had in place needed some tweaking. They made those modifications and they're ready to move forward."

As part of the settlement, Raley's has also agreed to buy five mobile freshwater purification systems to provide safe drinking water during emergencies. They'll be located in: Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Sonoma and Contra Costa counties.