Photo courtesy of FedEx
Photo courtesy of FedEx

Federal Express Ground Package Inc. will pay $1.75 million to settle a civil enforcement lawsuit that alleged environmental violations involving hazardous waste, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Tuesday.

The lawsuit — filed last year by 16 district attorney’s offices, including Los Angeles County — alleged the Pennsylvania-based company was illegally transporting and storing hazardous waste, failing to adequately train employees about the proper handling and appropriate disposal of the waste and failing to appropriately dispose of the waste.

The settlement requires FedEx to pay $1.5 million in civil penalties, $155,000 in reimbursed funds to the 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, according to Deputy District Attorney Daniel Wright.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is set to receive nearly $190,000 to be used to enforce consumer protection laws.

The company — which did not admit liability in settling the lawsuit — was cooperative during the investigation, according to the D.A.’s office.

— City News Service

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