By  on May 28, 2013

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay an $81.6 million federal fine after pleading guilty to violating environmental laws. This resolves federal criminal charges alleging the retail giant illegally dumped hazardous waste in California and mishandled pesticides in Missouri.

Wal-Mart entered into plea agreements with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Northern and Central Districts of California and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri. The company also signed an administrative resolution with the Environmental Protection Agency.

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