Wal-Mart Stores has pleaded guilty to charges that it violated the Clean Water Act with its stores' disposal of hazardous waste and pesticides. The company said it will pay $81 million over the charges of placing the materials in municipal garbage bins, pouring them into local sewers and improperly trucking them to a Missouri recycling facility. The charges stem from practices that ended in early 2006, according to court documents. Wal-Mart said it has improved training for handling hazardous materials and that it now has 50 environmental compliance employees.
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