Costco to pay $335,000 in Clean Air Act settlement

Costco Wholesale agreed to a $335,000 fine and to an overhaul in its management of refrigeration equipment in more than half of its U.S. stores in a settlement with U.S. authorities over alleged Clean Air Act violations.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice contend that between 2004 and 2007 Costco violated federal laws by failing to repair leaks of a refrigerant that causes ozone depletion and creates powerful greenhouse gasses. The company also didn’t keep proper records of servicing for its refrigeration equipment as required by law, said the agencies, which announced the settlement Wednesday.

Over the next three years, Costco will put in place at 274 stores a new refrigerant management system that’s expected to help prevent and fix leaks. The company will also install high-end refrigerant leak detection systems at all new stores it opens for three years, and will retrofit refrigeration equipment at 30 stores. The cost of the new controls is expected to reach $2 million, the EPA said.

Costco didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

More in Herald Business Journal

Delta’s farewell tour for the Boeing 747 stops in Everett

It is the last domestic airline to retire the iconic plane. Boeing and Delta employees autographed it.

Sign of the future: Snohomish business aims to reshape industry

Manifest Signs owner thinks that smart signs is an unexplored and untapped part of his industry.

Boeing says Bombardier dumping puts 737 planes in jeopardy

“If you don’t level the playing field now, it will be too late.”

Snohomish County’s campaign to land the 797 takes off

Executive Dave Somers announced the formation of a task force to urge Boeing to build the plane here.

A decade after the recession, pain and fear linger

No matter how good things are now, it’s impossible to forget how the collapse affected people.

Panel: Motorcycle industry in deep trouble and needs help

They have failed to increase sales by making new riders out of women, minorities and millennials.

Costco rises as results display big-box retailer’s resiliency

Their model has worked in the face of heightened competition from online, brick-and-mortar peers.

For half of Americans, the stock market’s highs don’t help

Fewer than 14percent of American households directly own stock in any company.

Tax reform needs the public’s input on spending priorities

The GOP tax plan is a good idea, but the next step should give us a voice on how taxes are spent.

Most Read