Sales apparently took place in Sam's Club stores in Missouri, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and West Virginia. As federal officials began gathering information on possible violations at so many locations, it was decided to consolidate prosecution through the Missouri Western District Office. In Missouri itself, violations were charged in stores in Independence, Springfield, and Joplin.
"These chemicals are regulated by the federal government because they contribute to ozone-depletion pollution," said Graves. "Retailers have an obligation to responsibly monitor the sale of these products."
Publication date: 03/08/2004