AutoZone to pay $11M to settle its alleged violations of California laws governing hazardous waste

Source: AutoZone Twitter Account

AutoZone reached a settlement agreement with the State of California in connection with its alleged illegal environmental violation.

California accused AutoZone of illegal disposal of more than five million hazardous wastes statewide. The state also alleged that the company violated laws protection confidential consumer information by illegally disposing of customer records without ensuring that their personal information is unreadable.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced AutoZone’s settlement with the state on Thursday. According to him, the company agreed to pay a total of $11 million to resolve the state’s complaint.

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In a statement, Attorney General Becerra said, “AutoZone violated California law by improperly disposing of millions of toxic and hazardous waste items. It endangered our environment and public health.”

He added, “AutoZone must now pay the price for breaking the law. The California Department of Justice is committed to investigating and holding accountable violators of our laws meant to protect California’s environment and communities.”

Details of the settlement between AutoZone and California

The monetary payment included $8.9 million in civil penalties, $1.35 million for supplemental environmental projects, and $750,000 for reimbursement of investigative and enforcement costs.