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Target Corp.

New York, NY: (Jul-10-07) The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed an environmental damage lawsuit against Target Corp., alleging that the company distributed and sold Horrible Spooky String, a children's product harmful to the environment, in violation of the Clean Air Act. The EPA had previously ordered five national retail chains to pull cans from their shelves of the illegally imported confetti string products that contain banned hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). These substances deplete the earth's protective stratospheric ozone layer and increase the risk of skin cancer. The EPA banned HCFC propellants in most spray cans more than a decade ago after realizing its implications on the environment.

In a settlement reached, Target agreed to pay a civil penalty of $120,000. Further, it agreed to take the banned products off their shelves and to ship them to a commercial incinerator for destruction. A total of 785,516 cans, representing all of Target's inventory, were incinerated pursuant to the EPA's prior compliance order. The company has also agreed to audit its operations and adopt new policies to ensure that these problems do not arise in the future. [YOSEMITE EPA: ILLEGAL SPOOKY STRING]

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Published on Jul-12-07


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