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Target to Pay $22.5 Million in Waste Case, Official Says

Target Corp., the second-largest U.S. discount retailer, will pay $22.5 million to settle claims it illegally dumped hazardous waste in California, said San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis.

The settlement, announced today in an e-mailed statement from Dumanis, resolves a civil lawsuit brought by former California Attorney General Jerry Brown and as many as 20 of the state’s county district attorneys. Target must pay the $22.5 million for penalties and costs of the litigation, and to fund environmental projects, according to Dumanis.