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CVS Agrees to Pay State $269,000 in Penalties

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut environmental regulators says CVS has agreed to pay a nearly $269,000 penalty to settle allegations that the chain’s drug stores improperly disposed of photo processing and pharmaceutical wastewater.

The state Department of Environmental Protection announced Tuesday that dozens of the chain’s Connecticut stores this year and last year discharged photo processing chemicals into onsite septic systems or sanitary sewers without permits.

The agency also said some stores did the same to wastewater containing pharmaceuticals.

Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Caremark Corp. said in a statement that in response it has agreed to implement new procedures for the handling of waste, and properly train employees in those new procedures. The company will also audit its stores to ensure compliance.

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