Old Dominion Freight Lines, one of the leading LTL hazardous materials carriers, announced a settlement with Alameda County, California, and other jurisdictions for failing to comply with hazardous waste disposal regulations. Old Dominion agreed to pay $1.36 million in civil penalties for allegations of dumping hazardous waste.
Did they really dig through the trash for this lawsuit?
I now worry that even the trash service is not safe from spies in California. Old Dominion was investigated by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, 15 other district attorneys, and a city attorney for putting “commercial chemical products, paint materials, electronic devices, batteries, ignitable liquids, aerosols, cleaning agents, and other flammable, reactive, toxic and corrosive materials” into trash dumpsters.
“The protection of our community and the environment are top priorities of our office. Illegal disposal, transportation, and mismanagement of hazardous waste by untrained employees pose serious risks to the environment, public health and worker safety.”Nancy O’Malley, Alameda County District Attorney
Old Dominion cooperated throughout the investigation and has developed new policies and training procedures when prosecutors made the company aware of alleged violations. I’d expect a litany of marked trash containers to be placed at Old Dominion terminals around the country, and cameras on each one to monitor for proper use.