Local Investigators Help with Investigation into O'Reilly Auto Parts

Local Investigators Help with Investigation into O'Reilly Auto Parts

Amador County District Attorneys investigators took part in a lengthy and wide-ranging investigation that recently resulted in a $9.6 million dollar fine against the O’Reilly Auto Parts corporation. Accoridng to DA Todd Riebe, his office and those of 50 other California DAs participated in the investigation into allegations that the company was mishandling hazardous waste. Riebe told KVGC they became involved because there is a local O’Reilly’s store and the issue was systemic throughout the more than 525 O’Reilly’s stores in the state. The civil lawsuit claimed that the stores 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. During 2013 and 2014, inspectors from district attorney offices, and environmental regulators statewide, conducted a series of undercover inspections of waste bins originating at O’Reilly stores which revealed that O’Reilly had been routinely violating environmental law and sound practices.

 


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