<articleLocation” > The popular U.S. grocery chain Trader Joe’s Co consented to invest $2 million to decrease fridge coolant leaks at 453 shops, to settle federal insurance claims it failed to quickly repair leaks that diminish the ozone layer and contribute to international warming. Trader Joe’s also accepted enter an approval decree and pay a $500,000 civil fine to solve insurance claims it broke the Clean Air Act, the United States Department of Justice and Epa said on Tuesday. Regulators stated the accord is anticipated to cut greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the amount produced by more than 6,500 cars each year. They also stated Costco Wholesale Corp and Safeway Inc formerly settled cases over refrigerants, however that Trader Joe’s accord is the EPA’s first requiring repairs of hydrofluorocarbon leaks to minimize greenhouse gas emissions.
” Trader Joe’s looks forward to working with the EPA in its objective to reduce air contamination and secure the ozone layer, and, with this contract, has actually dedicated to decreasing its emissions to a rate that matches the best of the industry,” spokesperson Alison Mochizuki said in a statement. The privately held business is based in Monrovia, California, and did not confess liability in accepting settle. Its authorization decree was submitted with the federal court in San Francisco. Regulators accused Trader Joe’s of failing to without delay repair leaks of R-22, which is utilized as a refrigerator coolant but likewise depletes the ozone and has 1,800 times more international warming potential than co2. They likewise said the company failed to keep sufficient maintenance records.
Under the authorization decree, Trader Joe’s agreed over the next three years to decrease its leakage rate to less than half the average in the grocery store sector, and to use non-ozone diminishing refrigerants at all new and heavily renovated shops. It likewise consented to improve its leakage monitoring and recordkeeping. The terms “set a high bar for the grocery industry for spotting and fixing coolant leakages,” Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the EPA Workplace of Enforcement and Compliance Guarantee, stated in a statement.
Trader Joe’s has 461 stores in 43 states and Washington, D.C., and in 2014 had $9.38 billion of income, the government said. Safeway was purchased in 2014 by investors consisting of private equity company Cerberus Capital Management LP. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; editing by Tom Brown and Bernard Orr).