The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is Target Corporation. The retail store chain gets the award for the following.
PENSACOLA, Fla. — Target Corp. has been fined $75,000 after pleading guilty to a federal charge of illegally flushing 275 gallons of roofing chemicals into waterways in 2003, a violation of the Clean Water Act.Target goofed. Just like they goofed with a store in West Boynton Beach. Not six months since the store opened, the roof is leaking. Seems the company doesn't know how to hire a repubable roofing company.
At $25,000 a day, the fine represents the maximum penalty possible for the three days Target knew about the spill, U.S. Magistrate Judge Miles Davis said
While working on the roof of a Target store on Oct. 15, 2003, a roofing foreman punctured a 275-gallon container with a forklift. He rinsed its entire contents into a grated storm drain in the parking lot, court records stated.
The drain leads to Carpenter Creek, and eventually, Bayou Texar and Pensacola Bay. Two days later, a resident saw a white substance in Bayou Texar and reported the spill to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
The chemicals, zinc oxide and ethylene glycol, were linked to the Target roofing job.
The foreman, David Hayes Marshall, pleaded guilty in January to lying to investigators and saying it was a five-gallon spill and that rain flushed it down the storm water drain.
Target's attorney, Byron Todd Jones, said the company cares about its community.
"Target has learned from this," Jones said. "Don't be misconceived that it doesn't care about its communities. There was miscommunication. There wasn't a corporate cover-up."
For not being a good neighbor, Target Corporation is today's knucklehead of the day.
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