Stores throughout the State Improperly Disposed of Used Oil and Other Hazardous Wastes
Oakland, CA -- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, along with 50 other California District Attorneys, announced today that Alameda County Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman has ordered the Missouri-based O’Reilly Auto Parts to pay $9.86 million as part of a settlement of a civil environmental prosecution alleging the company mishandled hazardous waste.
The consent judgment agreed to by O’Reilly Auto Enterprises, LLC; O'Reilly Automotive, Inc.; O'Reilly Automotive Stores, Inc.; and Ozark Automotive Distributors, Inc., resolves allegations made in a civil enforcement lawsuit filed November 17, 2016 in Alameda County, and led by the District Attorneys of Alameda, Yolo, Ventura, San Joaquin, San Francisco, Monterey, Riverside, San Diego and Solano Counties.
The lawsuit claimed that more than 525 O’Reilly stores throughout the state unlawfully handled, transported and disposed of used oil, used oil filters, and various hazardous wastes and materials over a 5-year period. Those hazardous wastes and materials included automotive fluids, alkaline batteries, electronic waste, aerosol cans and other toxic, ignitable and corrosive wastes.
"The Alameda County District Attorney's Office is dedicated to ensuring that California's environmental protection laws are followed by all companies doing business in our county and our state," says DA O'Malley.
"We will be vigilant and steadfast in our investigation and prosecution of those who improperly manage and dispose of hazardous wastes. The health and well-being of our communities and our environment demand nothing less."