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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:  Aug. 12, 2015


FedEx Ground to Pay $1.75 Million for Environmental Violations



SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos announced today that FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. has been ordered to pay $1.75 million as part of a settlement in an environmental prosecution. The settlement stems from claims that Pennsylvania-based FedEx Ground was illegally transporting and storing hazardous waste, failing to adequately train its employees regarding the proper handling of the waste and failing to appropriately dispose of the waste.

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, working jointly with 15 other district attorney’s offices, filed the suit in Sacramento County Superior Court. Judge Raymond M. Cadei signed the stipulated judgment on July 28, 2015.

As part of the settlement, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office was awarded $187,500 in civil penalties to reimburse litigation expenses and provide further consumer protection efforts.

The judgment is the culmination of a civil enforcement lawsuit initially filed July 1, 2014, in Sacramento County and led by the district attorneys of Sacramento, San Diego, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Butte, Fresno, Humboldt, Santa Barbara, and Solano counties. One of the 36 FedEx Ground facilities involved were in San Bernardino County.

Prior to June 1, 2013, FedEx Ground was not immediately identifying and then properly transporting or storing hazardous waste as it was moved between its facilities in accordance with California law, prosecutors said. The County of San Bernardino Office of the Fire Marshall assisted in the investigation and pursuit of the alleged violations.

“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our attorneys and support staff, and our partners with the County Fire Department, we were able to bring another corporation into compliance with California’s environmental laws,” District Attorney Mike Ramos said. “Ultimately, this is about protecting our environment and the environmental safety of our citizens in this county.”

The San Bernardino County Fire Department, Hazardous Materials Division, aided in the investigation.

Under the final judgment, FedEx Ground must pay $1.75 million: $1.5 million in civil penalties, $155,000 in reimbursed funds to the investigative and law enforcement agencies, $85,000 for a supplemental environmental project, and $10,000 to inform its customers of waste minimization techniques and improved packaging.

FedEx Ground also will be bound under the terms of a permanent injunction prohibiting similar future violations of law.

According to Deputy District Attorney Douglas Poston, who is the Lead Deputy District Attorney in the Consumer Environmental Protection Unit, the company was cooperative during the investigation.

Click here to download a copy of the final judgment.



Contacts: Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer (909) 382-3665

 

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