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EPA, Macy's Settle Over Lamp-Disposal Violations

September 2008 - Lighting

Macy’s Retail Holdings Inc. and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have agreed to a settlement over hazardous waste management violations at Macy’s stores in Albany and Garden City, N.Y. EPA alleged in 2007 that Macy’s failed to properly identify and handle spent fluorescent and other types of light bulbs at the two stores.

Macy’s has agreed to pay a $49,725 penalty and voluntarily ensure its 75 stores throughout New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico comply with requirements for handling spent light bulbs.

EPA issued a complaint to Macy’s in December 2007, citing the company for violations of authorized New York State hazardous waste regulations at the two stores. EPA’s complaint had been initiated pursuant to Section 3008 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 6928.

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