Costco receives $335,000 penalty

7th October 2014


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US retailer Costco has agreed to cut its emissions of ozone-depleting and greenhouse-gas chemicals from refrigeration equipment as part of a settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and department of justice.

US retailer Costco has agreed to cut its emissions of ozone-depleting and greenhouse-gas chemicals from refrigeration equipment as part of a settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and department of justice.

The firm will also pay $335,000 in penalties for violating the Clean Air Act. The EPA reports that Costco violated the Act by failing to repair leaks of the refrigerant R-22, a powerful ozone-depleting substance, between 2004 and 2007.

Costco also failed to keep adequate records of the servicing of its refrigeration equipment, which is a requirement under the Act to prevent harmful leaks.


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