Skip to content
Placer County, CA
Return to Home Placer County
  • Jobs, Benefits, and Business

    Includes veterans' benefits, starting and running a business, unemployment, County job openings, and selling to the County.

  • Law and Justice

    Includes the courts, most wanted, law enforcement, child support enforcement, sealing record, victims' services, and jury duty.

  • Building, Property, and Home

    Includes planning, building codes and permits, owning and renting a property, and property tax assessments.

  • Health and Family Care

    Includes child and adult health service, food stamps, foster care, mental health, in-home nurse, substance abuse, and child support.

  • Birth, Death, and Marriage

    Includes bereavement, certificates and vital records, and divorce.

  • Environment and Agriculture

    Includes air quality and burn days, garbage and recycling, sewer, conservation, and green energy financing.

  • Animal Services

    Includes adopting a pet, animal control, and local vets and shelters.

  • County and Government

    Includes information on the buildings, county, codes, departments, projects, representation, and voting.

  • Community and Recreation

    Includes activities and events, parks, museums, libraries, and volunteerism.

  • Taxes and Financial Reports

    Property taxes, business taxes, transient occupancy taxes, fines, and financial reports.

  • Transportation and Travel

    Includes passports, bus schedules, and road maintenance.

  • Safety and Emergency

    Includes forest fires and floods, emergency preparation, and emergency response.

Press Release: Target stores must pay $22.5 million for environmental violations, 3/3/11

March 03, 2011

R. Scott Owens

District Attorney



10810 Justice Center Drive, Suite 240

Roseville, California 95678

916 543-8000




For Immediate Release

Date:  March 3, 2011                        



                        Art Campos

                        Public Information Officer

                        916 543-8076


                        Jeff Wilson

                        Assistant District Attorney

                        916 543-8000






            Placer County District Attorney Scott Owens announced today that a judge in Northern California has ordered the Minnesota-based Target Corporation to pay $22.5 million as part of a settlement for the dumping of pesticides and other hazardous chemicals by Target stores into drains or trash compactors.

In addition to Placer County, 20 other California district attorney’s offices, the state Attorney General and the City Attorneys in San Diego and Los Angeles were involved in the statewide prosecution of Target in a civil environmental action.

Besides the prosecuting agencies, numerous investigative or enforcement agencies such as fire departments and environmental health departments throughout California will receive monetary amounts from Target in the settlement.

The judgment is the culmination of a civil enforcement lawsuit filed in Alameda County two years ago claiming that more than 290 Target stores and distribution centers throughout California handled and disposed of various hazardous wastes and materials improperly over a seven-year period.

The hazardous wastes and material included pesticides, paint, aerosols, oven cleaners, pool chemicals, drain openers and other flammable, toxic and corrosive materials.

All Target stores in Placer County were involved in the hazardous waste violations, and three agencies within Placer will receive a combined $40,000 in the settlement.

The breakdown includes $25,000 to the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, $7,500 to the Roseville Fire Department and $7,500 to the Placer County Certified Unified Program Agency, which is the county’s environmental health agency.

Owens said today’s settlement “should serve as a warning that businesses will not be allowed to disregard important environmental rules and regulations at the expense of community members, no matter the size of the business.”

Owens thanked fellow prosecutors across the state.

“This case represents a tremendous effort by prosecutors and investigators statewide to stop illegal dumping of hazardous waste,” he said.

Included in the settlement is a permanent injunction that will require Target to be accountable for complying with the letter and spirit of environmental laws.

Target Corporation must pay $22.5 million in civil penalties and costs, as well as for the funding of several supplemental environmental projects.

As a result of the prosecution, many California Target stores have already adopted new policies and procedures designed to eliminate the disposal of hazardous waste into store trash compactors and down drains.

Stores are now required to maintain their hazardous waste in segregated, labeled containers so as to minimize the risk of exposure to employees and customers and to ensure that incompatible wastes, such as ammonia and chlorine, do not combine to cause dangerous chemical reactions.

California law requires companies to properly store, handle and dispose of hazardous wastes and materials to avoid harm to persons and the environment.

In the case involving the Target Corporation, prosecutors contended that Target routinely ignored those laws in an effort to cut costs.

They said Target failed to develop and implement an effective program to ensure that employees properly identified defective, damaged and leaking products containing hazardous and toxic chemicals as hazardous waste.

The prosecutors said Target also failed to dispose of the hazardous material properly, instead throwing such materials and products into drains or company trash compactors.