Contra Costa County, California – District Attorney Diana Becton of Contra Costa County announced that her office, along with 33 other California District Attorneys and City Attorneys, has reached a $752,000 settlement with Ulta Beauty for violations of hazardous waste regulations, which includes supplemental environmental projects, costs, and civil penalties.
Ulta has five locations in Contra Costa County and a total of 161 in California.
The settlement follows an investigation of Ulta stores’ improper storage, handling, and disposal of hazardous and other regulated waste and inadequate employee training, Becton said.
“Companies must be held responsible for business practices that pose a harm to the environment.,” according to Becton. “Ulta was cooperative throughout the investigation and in correcting the issues.”
Under the settlement, Ulta must pay $439,500 in civil penalties, $250,000 in costs and $62,500 in supplemental environmental projects. Defendants must also implement certain compliance assurance programs.