Albertsons Companies, Inc. Settlement
Albertsons Companies, Inc. Settles For $4,000
In April 2023, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Albertsons Companies, Inc. (Albertsons), with its principal location in Boise, Idaho, reached a settlement for the company’s violations of the Regulation for the Management of High Global Warming Potential Refrigerants for Stationary Sources as codified in the California Code of Regulations, title 17, section 95380 et seq. (RMP Regulation).
Albertsons operates in California under the names of Albertsons, Safeway, Lucky’s, Pak ‘N Save Foods, Pavilions, and Vons. Albertsons is a grocery store chain that operates medium and large sized refrigeration systems having a full charge of greater than 50 pounds of refrigerant. Albertsons is subject to the requirements of the RMP Regulation because it self-reported that it owns and operates the stationary refrigeration systems.
In 2022, Albertsons voluntarily disclosed to the Enforcement Division that it failed to repair a refrigerant leak within the allowable timeframe, as specified in California Code of Regulations, title 17, section 95386(b). CARB’s investigation documented the violation as failure to repair a refrigerant leak detected in January 2022 in Albertsons’ Store 2136 within the allowable 14-day timeframe. To settle the case, Albertsons agreed to pay a penalty of $4,000 for eight days of violation.
Albertsons came into compliance quickly and fully cooperated with the investigation. The total penalty amount will be deposited into CARB’s Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality.