Albertsons Companies, Inc. Settlement
Albertsons Companies, Inc. Settles For $5,100,000
Albertsons Companies, Inc. (Albertsons) located in Boise, Idaho, operates in California as Albertsons, Safeway, Lucky’s, Pak 'N Save Foods, Pavilions, and Vons. Albertsons will pay the California Air Resources Board (CARB) $5,100,000 in penalties for violating the Regulation for the Management of High-Global Warming Potential Refrigerants for Stationary Sources (RMP Regulation). Of this settlement amount, $2,550,000 will go to CARB’s Air Pollution Control Fund. The remaining amount of $2,550,000 will fund two Supplemental Environmental Projects: “Installation of Air Filtration Systems in Schools Phase 2,” within the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the “Placer County Community Based SEP Phase 2” within the Placer County Air Pollution Control District. This settlement was reached in July 2021.
An investigation by CARB found violations across all Albertsons stores in California between 2016-2018. Albertsons violated the RMP Regulation by submitting inaccurate annual reporting, failing to annually audit and calibrate automatic leak detection equipment, and failing to ensure that detected refrigerant leaks were repaired by a certified technician within 14 days of detection.
Terms of the settlement include a requirement that Albertsons implement a compliance plan to ensure that Albertsons complies with all provisions of the RMP Regulation moving forward. The Compliance Plan is attached to the Settlement Agreement.