California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, 20 district attorneys and the Los Angeles City Attorney sued Target Corp. on Monday, accusing the retailer of illegally dumping hazardous waste in local landfills.
The improper disposal of the materials occurred during the last eight years, according to the complaint filed in Superior Court in Alameda County, Calif.
The action seeks to block dumping of pesticides, propane canisters and other chemical waste and maximum penalties of $25,000 for each violation. California state law mandates that stores must properly dispose of such products.
Calls to Target were not immediately returned.
California settled a similar lawsuit with Kmart last month. The chain was ordered to pay $8.65 million in penalties, costs and funding for environmental protection.