West Sacramento-based Raley's has been ordered by a judge to pay $1.6 million in civil penalties as part of a settlement in a hazardous waste disposal case.
The judgement stems from a civil lawsuit filed in San Joaquin County that claimed the chain's 130 locations improperly stored, handled and disposed of retail and pharmaceutical waste.
Twenty-five separate district attorneys were involved in the case and Yolo County's Jeff Reisig said prosecutors worked with the company for a fair outcome.
"Raley's has been a valued merchant in Yolo County for many years," said Reisig. "Raley's cooperated with the prosecution team throughout the investigation into their unlawful practices."
As part of the settlement, the supermarket will also purchase five mobile purification systems that will provide safe water to local communities during emergencies.
Yolo, Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties are all among those that will receive money from the settlement.