Walmart, Inc., July 2021 Settlement
Walmart, Inc. Settles For $67,600
In July 2021, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Walmart, Inc. of Bentonville, Arkansas, reached a settlement agreement in the amount $67,600 for violations of CARB’s air quality regulations. The total amount will be deposited into CARB’s Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality.
Walmart, Inc. sold, supplied, and offered for sale noncompliant glass cleaner products that were manufactured for use in California. The Walmart, Inc. glass cleaner products contained concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOC) that exceeded the standards specified in California Code of Regulations, title 17, section 94509(a). The violation resulted in approximately 3.38 tons of excess VOC emissions in the “Glass Cleaner” (nonaerosol) category. To come into compliance, Walmart, Inc. ceased distribution into California of the glass cleaner products and changed the marketing language to clearly identify the product is to be used only as an optical lens cleaner, which is exempted from the “Glass Cleaner” category.