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Richland Safeway Store Named in EPA Settlement

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Safeway, the nation's second largest grocery chain, has agreed to pay $600,000 as part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency. 

The company agreed to the penalty after the EPA found that the chain did not immediately repair some emission leaks from refigeration systems in more than 650 stores across the country.


"This started all the way back in 2008. So, we realized it, we've been working with them. They're, in some cases, already taking action to remediate it. In other cases, they're going to be moving forward with new work now," said EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld.

To fix the problem, Safeway is expected to spend more than four million dollars. 71 Washington stores are named in the report, including the Safeway in Richland, both stores in Walla Walla and both stores in Yakima. Sunnyside and Toppenish Safeways were also named as well as the store in Hermiston.