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CVS Pharmacy settles hazardous waste claims

April 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
CVS Pharmacy has agreed to pay nearly $14 million to settle claims that it illegally disposed of hazardous waste at many of its California stores.

A Ventura County judge approved the settlement on Wednesday. Two years ago, allegations surfaced that CVS improperly disposed of medical, pharmaceutical and photographic waste over a seven-year period.

Fire and environmental health departments in 45 cities and counties in California will share the money from the $13.75 million settlement.