CVS Pharmacy has agreed to pay nearly $14 million to dozens of California jurisdictions — including $95,000 to San Mateo County — as part of a settlement stemming from allegations that the drugstore chain illegally mishandled hazardous waste, it was announced Wednesday.
The lawsuit, brought by 44 counties and city attorneys in Los Angeles and San Diego, accused CVS of improperly storing and disposing of pharmaceuticals and other hazardous materials, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
The Rhode Island-based company’s alleged violations occurred during a seven-year period at hundreds of California stores, prosecutors said.
The California investigation began following Connecticut’s probe of CVS stores.
As part of the settlement, prosecutors said, “regulated wastes produced by California CVS stores must now be properly stored, handled and transported, and disposed of at proper facilities with appropriate records kept documenting compliance with lawful procedures.”
The settlement money will partly be used to pay for “supplemental environmental projects,” prosecutors said.
The suit was filed in Ventura County Superior Court.
The company operates 15 stores in San Mateo County.