Home Depot settles Calif. pollution suits for $8M 

click to enlarge South Coast Air Quality Management District won a lawsuit against Home Depot in which the company must pay $8 million. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • South Coast Air Quality Management District won a lawsuit against Home Depot in which the company must pay $8 million.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Home Depot has agreed to pay $8 million to settle lawsuits alleging the company violated Southern California's regional air quality rules.

The agreement announced Thursday settles lawsuits filed by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the district attorneys of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The lawsuits alleged that at 15 Southern California stores between 2009 and 2012, Delaware-based Home Depot USA, Inc., sold thousands of gallons of paint, sealers and other liquids that contained volatile organic compounds, known as VOCs, in violation of regional regulations.

Home Depot released a statement to the Riverside Press-Enterprise saying that it has been at the forefront of introducing low-VOC and no-VOC products to its shelves in recent years, and is considered an industry leader in disposing of hazardous waste.

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