EPA and Macy’s reach settlement

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Macy’s Retail Holdings, Inc., have agreed to a settlement over hazardous waste management violations at Macy’s stores in Albany and Garden City, New York. The EPA alleged in 2007 that Macy’s failed to properly identify and handle spent fluorescent and other types of light bulbs at the two stores.

Macy’s has agreed to pay a $49,725 penalty and to voluntarily ensure that its approximately 75 stores throughout New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico remain in compliance with the requirements for the handling of spent light bulbs.

EPA issued a complaint to Macy’s in December 2007, citing the company for violations of authorized New York State hazardous waste regulations at two stores, Crossgates Mall in Albany and Roosevelt Field in Garden City.