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Wal-Mart ain’t so environmentally friendly after all!

It has been touting itself as an environmental leader – not polluter. But today, Willy-Mart was fined a whack of cash for illegal dumping of hazardous wastes in California.

The settlement ends a five-year investigation involving more than 20 prosecutors and 32 environmental agencies that found violations at 236 of Wal-Mart’s stores and distribution centers across California, including Sam’s Club warehouse stores, said San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.

Wal-Mart was accused of improperly disposing of pesticide, fertilizer, paint, aerosols and other chemicals. In one case, Ms. Dumanis said a boy was found playing in a mound of fertilizer outside a Wal-Mart garden section. The fertilizer had chemicals harmful to people’s respiratory systems.

Man, I just LOVE it when big corps get their wrists slapped!