In 2010, Walmart agreed to pay $27.6 million to settle with California authorities on similar charges and then in 2012 it paid $1.25 million in Missouri.
Walmart’s pollution, and other improper disposal of harmful chemicals, contributes to the creation of “dead zones”. As pollutants and toxins are indirectly or directly dumped into a waterway, they facilitate the growth of algae blooms that deplete the oxygen from the area. This kills marine life and forces fish to leave the area. What is left is effectively a biological deserts.
According to Walmart’s spokeswoman, Brooke Buchanan, “We have fixed the problem. We are obviously happy that this is the final resolution” in response to the guilty plea.